BMW Motorrad has unveiled two prototype electronic systems at the Consumer Electronics Show, showing their new laser headlights technology for motorcycles and heads-up display for motorcycle helmets.
Heads-up Display Helmet Concept
The heads-up display (HUD) for motorcycle helmets is expected to use technology that has been used in BMW vehicles since 2003. The system employs a glass display over the right eye that projects various data like tire pressure, oil and fuel level, selected gear, speed and speed limit, road sign recognition, road dangers and navigation.
By projecting this information directly into the rider’s field of view, BMW hopes to make riding safer as the riders would no longer need to check their motorcycle instruments. BikeSystems, Intelligent Cranium and Reevu are some of the companies already lining up to use the first HUD system in the motorcycle market.
In addition to displaying this information, the innovative helmet should also be able to achieve vehicle-to-vehicle communication that would transmit real-time road information between riders and be mounted with two cameras, one forward facing and one rearward facing, that would offer a better visibility of the rider’s environment.
The display, whose operating time with two batteries is expected to be five hours on one charge, will be controlled by BMW’s multi-controller placed on the left hand bar.
Laser Light Headlights Concept
The headlights that use similar laser technology were first introduced in BMW’s 7 Series and i8 cars while the prototype for motorcycles was just recently presented at the Consumer Electronics Show on the luxury touring motorcycle, the K 1600 GTL. The laser light headlights emit a very bright white light with a high beam that can reach up to 600 meters, which is almost double the range the conventional headlights can reach.
Another benefit of this technology is its long service life as it does not require any maintenance. Although this technology is still too expensive for regular use in motorcycles, BMW expects the technology cost to drop when it becomes more standard in the car industry. The power consumption of this technology is still unknown as it is still in development phase.
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