No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you know that you need to keep your eyes on the road at all times. When heads-up displays were introduced to luxury cars, drivers had the option to display dashboard information like speed and navigation on the windshield above the steering wheel where drivers could keep their eyes on the road. At first, motorcyclists were left out, but technology has advanced, and riders can now get their own cool head-up display that works with their helmets.
The most important thing to know about motorcycle HUDs is that they are added to your helmet. Since motorcycles don’t have a dashboard or the same type of space as cars do, inventors had to get creative when figuring out how to deliver head-up displays to cyclists. After years of development, HUDs arrived for motorcycle helmets a few years ago and are constantly getting better.
The vast majority of motorcycle head-up displays are designed to work with a full-face helmet, projecting the image into your field of vision on the visor. This way, you can look at the information when you need and just see the crucial details.
Simple and Efficient
Just like the head-up displays on cars, those designed for motorcycles will show you all the information you would want to see without requiring you to look down at the controls, radio, or something else. For motorcycles, this means you can see your speed as well as maps and navigation, music, and phone calls. To take advantage of all these features, you need to choose a Bluetooth-enabled HUD, but this shouldn’t be a problem, as the best all include Bluetooth standard.
Many of the top motorcycle head-up displays also include built-in cameras. You won’t get amazing quality on the photos and videos, but you will still have enough megapixels to capture a sweet moment like you’re using a GoPro.
The Nuviz HUD is the industry leader and costs $700. Nuviz keeps relevant information on the display, which is situated within the visor and appears around 13.5 feet ahead of you. While you still have to refocus your eyes to ‘see’ the display, you won’t have to make an extreme change to check the gauges on your bike. Nuviz created its HUD to let you see the speed as well as next turn in a very quick glance that doesn’t even require you to move your head. In the case of the Nuviz head-up display, you navigate its menu via a control you put on the left handlebar, and it doesn’t project extraneous information that can crowd your vision.
Another HUD to watch out for is the one from DigiLens. DigiLens is working with BMW to create a safe driving experience for motorcyclists, whether or not you drive a BMW bike. The DigiLens HUD has similar features to the Nuviz one, including localized speed and GPS mapping along with phone communications. It can also include indicators for trips and fuel, traffic warnings, engine management, and advanced systems like fog and night radar. Some other brands worth mentioning include Reevu and Livemap. Check them out for yourself and see what a motorcycle HUD can do for you.