·      Simulator gives motorcyclists an opportunity to experience Head-up display technology

·      Technology study shows how information on the vehicle and its surroundings can be projected into the driver’s field of view

·      Head-up displays minimize distractions for the driver and maximize comfort and safety

Continental has applied its more than 100 years of instrumentation experience to the motorcycle cockpit. The company offers economical solutions for low-cost models as well as tailor-made solutions for high-end markets. Recently it set a technological milestone in the motorcycle world with extremely rugged multi-functional displays. Now, together with the helmet manufacturer Skully Systems, Continental has produced a study on head-up displays for motorcycles. At Intermot (October 1 to 5) it will be presenting this state-of-the-art technology in a simulator.

Source Skully Systems

Source Skully Systems

In cars, head-up displays on the windshield reduce distractions for the driver, in this way providing enhanced safety and comfort. The innovative study applies the same principle to the motorcycle helmet, thus taking the trend towards wearable devices to a new level. Information on navigation, road alerts, or motorcycle specific features such as the inclination angles are shown in the driver’s field of view. In the simulator the head-up display also assumes the task of the shoulder check and shows the motorcyclist what is happening in the blind spot via a backward-looking camera. The motorcyclist can concentrate on the virtual road and recognize critical situations more quickly.

The simulator at Intermot gives a two-minute ride that demonstrates how significantly a head-up display affects the motorcycling experience and what new opportunities are opened up under realistic conditions.

The helmet in this product study is linked via Bluetooth 4.0 to an electronic control unit which analyzes and processes data from the vehicle. In addition to obtaining information from the immediate surroundings and from various digital sources, it is connected with the vehicle’s sensors and electronic system. Thus, for example, it is able to measure the motorcycle’s speed from the GPS signal but is also connected to the speedometer and makes sure that the value which it gives is projected onto the helmet visor. All the information displayed in this way is updated within fractions of a second. If the engine speed increases, the control unit gets instructions to shift to a higher gear. This command is instantly relayed to the helmet, where it is displayed along with an acoustic signal. Information received by the control unit from the outside is handled in the same way. If, for example, information comes in about an accident on the route, this is likewise immediately projected into the driver’s field of view. For trade fair visitors the study thus provides a realistic, hands-on demonstration of what head-up display technology has to offer for motorcyclists.



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