Regardless of which style maybe ‘in’ for the latest motorcycles, technology is becoming more advanced and certainly more commonly found on a wide range of bikes.
As motorcycle enthusiasts know, it only takes a fraction of a second or a brief distraction to put the rider in a dangerous situation. Reports are appearing of Samsung partnering with Leo Burnett, motocross star Edo Mossi and local YouTube influencer Cane Secco to develop a "Smart Windshield" prototype for motorcycles.
Fitted on a Yamaha Tricity 125 scooter information from a rider’s smartphone such as voice calls, social messages, emails and other similar items is accessed and projected in front of the rider and on the windshield. The information projected on the windshield can even include GPS navigation data.
This allow riders to keep most of their view on the road, for the most part and consequently enhancing safety.
When messages flash on screen, riders can pull over to use their smartphone or the system can send an automatic "I'm driving" reply.
Similar technology was shown at CES 2016 when BMW Motorrad unveiled its Head-up display helmet prototype.
A BMW Motorrad helmet was fitted with an innovative head-up display function. This enables the projection of data directly into the rider's field of view, losing the need for riders to glance down at the instrument panel and concentrate fully and without distraction on the road traffic.
Continuing to look to the future, using V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) communication it might also be possible to display information in real time, such as a warning of any suddenly impending hazards.
The head-up display could also allow the visualization of content such as a planned route along with navigation advice. Continuing to think out of the box, BMW Motorrad notes an action camera located inside the helmet pointing forwards could record video footage of the journey directly from the helmet. A second camera oriented towards the rear could act as a 'digital rear-view mirror'. And last but not least, this technology also enables the visualization of other riders in a motorcycle group, allowing the rider to see where their companions are at any given moment.
While there is no word when either of these pieces of technology will make their way onto the latest motorcycle models, they certainly appear to be on their way.