We’ve already had stories on The Kneeslider about one company or another developing a HUD (heads up display) for motorcycle helmets. Notices about new crowdfunding campaigns for these systems show up now and then, the latest one is for a helmet unit called CycleCyte. It is an app for your smartphone which projects the display into your line of sight and, with a bit of development, could work just fine.
HUD will be standard in high end helmets
With technology moving as fast as it is, I’m going to make a prediction, heads up display systems will become standard in high end helmets. If individuals and small groups of talented people can design and build functional displays, it’s only a matter of time before a major company with solid funding will offer one for sale. Whether one of these small groups does it really well and gets bought by a manufacturer or licenses their tech to several companies or a manufacturer builds one in house, these are coming in the future.
Some of you have said you think a HUD would be a distraction, but after the novelty wears off, it would be just another input, enabling you to get information from your gauges and a whole lot more without taking your eyes off the road.
Whatever form this technology eventually takes, I think it is guaranteed to be in a helmet before long. I suspect BMW or Honda might be the first to offer it and I would be very surprised if those companies aren’t already working hard to be the first.