BMW’s futuristic concept helmet has a heads-up display, rearview cam, and more

BMW’s motorcycle-building division has introduced an experimental helmet that’s brimming with high-tech features gleaned from the auto industry.

The helmet is equipped with a heads-up display, a technology that’s becoming increasingly common in cars but still remains relatively new to the world of motorcycles. The system projects key information about the bike and its surroundings onto a transparent panel located right in the rider’s field of vision. BMW went on to note that heads-up displays make riding a two-wheeler safer because the rider can view important information without taking his or her eyes off the road.

The heads-up display can be configured using a controller located on the handlebar to show basic information, such as how fast the bike is going and what gear it’s in. It can also be programmed to display speed limits, traffic warnings, navigation directions, the pressure of the tires, and the engine’s oil level. Two replaceable batteries with a five-hour life power the system, and it can be neatly integrated into most new helmets without compromising comfort or safety.

BMW affirms a heads-up display barely begins to scratch the surface of what’s possible in the field of motorcycle technology, though. A vehicle-to-vehicle (V2v) communication system, for example, allows motorcycle riders to instantly send a warning to every other bike in a given perimeter if they detect an obstacle in the road. A camera built into the front of the helmet also records the journey, while a second camera located behind the helmet acts as a digital rear-view mirror, a concept that BMW is also trying to build into its cars.

BMW Motorrad hopes to launch a helmet with an integrated heads-up display in the next few years, but a more specific time frame hasn’t been provided. In the meantime, a number of aftermarket companies, including Nuviz and Skully, already offer a fully connected helmet with a heads-up display.

Product Review

The 2019 Porsche Macan S is a luxurious and quick SUV, but it's no road tripper

The roster of models challenging the Porsche Macan grows annually. The German firm updated its smallest, most affordable SUV with a new engine, more tech features, and subtle design tweaks to keep it looking fresh.

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.
Emerging Tech

Warm ski beanie instantly hardens into a head-protecting helmet upon impact

Wool hats are way more comfortable than hard helmets. You know what they're not? Safer. That could soon change, thanks to an innovative new ski beanie which instantly hardens upon impact.

Need gift ideas? Here’s what to get the skiers and snowboarders in your life

You can't purchase snow, but you can grab your favorite skier or snowboarder some sweet gear this holiday season. We've hand-picked some of the best available that'll wow even the most well-equipped terrain park junkie we know.

NYC mandates minimum wage for Uber, Lyft, other app-based rideshare drivers

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a rule that drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft must be paid at least minimum wage, even though they are independent contractors. The new pay rate includes operating costs.

LM Industries’ autonomous shuttles head to Phoenix, Sacramento campuses

LM Industries will deploy Olli low-speed autonomous shuttles at school campuses in Arizona and California as part of its ongoing "fleet challenge," which asks local groups to propose uses for autonomous vehicles.

Driving a prototype 2020 Passat at Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground

Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground is where new cars are tested to the breaking point, including the 2020 Passat midsize sedan. Ride along as the new Passat completes testing ahead of its 2019 launch.

Bosch’s CES-bound shuttle concept takes us on a trip to a not-too-distant future

Bosch envisions a future in which driverless shuttles occupy their own market segment. The German firm won't build the shuttles, but it wants to provide everything else, ranging from the drive system to the apps used to hail them.
Emerging Tech

A lidar-equipped truck knows exactly how much de-icer to apply on roads

Lidar is best known as the laser-based technology that helps self-driving cars sense their surroundings. But the city of Knoxville has another, more seasonal use for it: De-icing roads.
Product Review

Boring takes a back seat as 2019 Corolla Hatchback mixes fun with practicality

We drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the latest hatchback to bear the Corolla name. As the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, Toyota has high expectations to meet. This model mostly lives up to the legacy.

Hertz speeds up car rentals with biometric scan technology

Biometric security technology that uses face, fingerprint, and voice recognition is gaining traction, with Hertz emerging as the latest company to incorporate it into its daily operations.
Product Review

Inside Maserati's Levante SUV beats the heart of a Ferrari

Maserati’s luxury SUV gets a shot in the arm by way of Ferrari-derived V8 power, but is it enough to go toe-to-toe with the established players in the high performance sport-utility segment? Let’s find out.

McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is yet another flagship killer smartphone, bringing powerful specifications to a much lower price than the competition. Now, OnePlus has teamed up with McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.

Aston Martin’s 1,000-hp Valkyrie will boast the Mona Lisa of the engine world

Aston Martin has released new details about its F1-inspired Valkyrie hypercar. Co-developed with Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie will be one of the most aerodynamic production cars ever made.