There is big news in the motorcycle community: HUD motorcycle helmets are beginning to appear on the market. While the concept for HUD (head-up display) motorcycle helmets has existed (in theory) for decades, it’s just now making its way into the motorcycling industry.
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What Are HUD Motorcycle Helmets?
HUD motorcycle helmets use projection technology to place vital data in front of a driver’s field of view. While the helmet in a HUD system is a standard helmet that meets all DOT regulations, the integrated screens are what set these helmets apart from others on the market. Valuable both for their convenience and technological promise, HUD helmets are one of the most exciting developments in the motorcycling industry today.
Why Are HUD Motorcycle Helmets Important?
Before HUD technology, motorcycle riders had to look down at the motorcycle’s instruments to access GPS, speed readings, temperature or fuel gauges or other on-road technologies. Today, however, HUD helmets are using advanced systems to project critical information like temperature, speed, turn-by-turn GPS information and navigation instructions right into the driver’s field of view. This makes motorcycles safer and encourages drivers to keep their eyes on the road at all times, hopefully cutting down on accidents and injuries on the road.
How Do HUD Helmets Work?
Right now, companies like SKULLY systems are working hard to produce functional, readily available HUD helmet systems. While the details of each model vary slightly, the foundations are fundamentally the same. SKULLY’s model, for example, uses a thin display that sits just below the rider’s right eye. This screen projects data ranging from the helmet.
In some cases, HUD helmet motorcycle displays can be used to project other information as well. These systems may allow the driver to see what is behind him without using the mirrors and may also offer features like speakers and integrated computer systems.