With helmets equipped with BMW's head-up display, motorcycle riders will no longer need to look away from the road to access vehicle information and that will hopefully provide a boost to rider safety
In a step aimed at boosting rider safety, BMW are developing a head-up display for their helmets, which will be presented today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The BMW head-up display projects necessary traffic and/or vehicle information directly into the rider's field of view, allowing the rider to maintain constant observation of the traffic on the road, without needing to look away and peer at the instrument panel every once in a while. The display is fully programmable, allowing riders to choose what information is projected into their FOV. Information available includes things like tyre pressure, oil level, fuel level, travel speed, selected gear, speed limit, road sign recognition, and even warnings related to impending/potential danger.
BMW's helmets with head-up display are fitted with an integrated mini-computer and display parameters can be controlled from the left-hand handlebar, using BMW Motorrad's multicontroller. The best part is, this display technology can also be integrated into existing helmets, without affecting wearer comfort or rider safety. The technology is still in the development phase though, and is expected to be production ready within the next few years.
Always wanted to shoot lasers into the rear-view mirrors of the SUV ahead of you? In the next 2-3 years, you should be able to do that if you're riding a high-end BMW motorcycle!
Going forward, BMW are also developing laser lights for their motorcycles, with a K1600GTL concept bike already having been fitted with these on an experimental basis. Laser lights, already available on BMW 7 Series and i8 cars, are now being adapted for use on motorcycles and the particularly bright, pure-white light, with a high-beam range of up to 600 metres (about double that of conventional headlights) should be very useful indeed for motorcyclists riding in the night.
Currently, laser light technology is prohibitively expensive for motorcycle use, but with ongoing development costs are expected to come down, and BMW's production streetbikes could start getting laser lights within the next 2-3 years.