STATES CHRONICLE – Heads Up Display technologies, or HUD, for short, have been in development since shortly after the first games made use of them. However, we don’t seem to have gotten that many products employing the feature. Deciding to finally employ the very useful technology, BMW announces its first HUD motorcycle helmet.
You have to admit, since the technology has been available for years now, with companies only having to adapt it to their product, it’s weird how we haven’t seen that many products offering heads up display technology up until now.
Since BMW has been offering a HUD alternative to their cars since 2003, it was about time that they did something similar for motorcycles. And as CES was underway this week, the company decided to finally announce that they are working on a motorcycle helmet fully equipped with HUD technology.
Motorrad, which is a surprisingly good name for the motorcycle helmet, is most definitely going to be the company’s most successful venture, at least at first, into the heads up display field.
It will come equipped with a mini computer, integrated speakers, and the best type of HUD the company can come up with.
What BMW wants is to be able to provide the rider with details about the ride that he would have to otherwise look away from the road in order to find out. In order to accomplish this, the helmet will be paired with the motorcycle, so as to gather the required information.
As such, speed, fuel level, tire pressure, oil level, speed limit and gear position will be just some of the information that the rider can have on his HUD in order to not look away from the road.
The company is also planning to incorporate other features, such forward and rear facing cameras, danger warnings, and traffic updates.
Planning ahead and making use of the in-development vehicle to vehicle communication system, BMW also plans to offer the option to warn other vehicles of potentially dangerous situations.
The BMW Motorrad was said to come out in the next couple of years, and that was as specific as the company got.
However, due to multiple companies such as Skully Systems, Nuviz, and Bell Helmets already being in the process of developing their own VR helmets, which will most likely come out much earlier than BMW’s, it’s quite certain that the company will speed up development.
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