Tuesday, June 09, 2009

2010 Kawasaki 1400GTR may get night vision, HUD


The 2010 Kawasaki 1400GTR could get head-up display and infrared night vision!

According to a report on Gizmag, Kawasaki are all set to deploy a host of new technologies on the 2010 model 1400GTR. The current model already gets bits like variable valve timing, keyless ignition, tyre pressure sensors and ABS, but the next year’s bike could push things to a whole new level, with night vision and head-up display (HUD) technologies.

Taking their cues from some of the more expensive cars around, Kawasaki are said to have developed infrared night vision technology, which will let riders see beyond what a bike’s conventional headlamps can illuminate. The system works via a pair of infrared cameras mounted on the bike, which work together with the bike’s onboard computer. If these cameras ‘see’ anything (which may be beyond the headlamp’s illumination range and which the rider may not be able to see…) in the bike’s path, the system will issue audio/visual alerts to warn the rider. The cameras can ‘see’ objects that are 300m or even further ahead, in the dark, so these could be a very useful safety feature on a high speed motorcycle…

Another high-tech feature that Kawasaki are working on is a head-up display system, which would project information like the bike’s speed and revs right in front of the rider’s eyes. The system will probably work in accordance with a purpose-built helmet, which would allow this information to be projected ahead of the visor, so the rider doesn’t have to look down at the instrument cluster to access vital information.

These technologies are already reasonably commonplace on mainstream cars, so a 1400GTR with these high-tech bits may not actually be as far fetched as it sounds. Now let’s just wait and see what Kawasaki actually unveil at bike shows in Paris and Milan later this year…!


This Mercedes-Benz promo video shows why an infrared night vision system on high-speed motorcycles may be a good idea...

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