HEADS UP DISPLAY 2016

BMW Motorrad will be displaying two innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on 6-9 January 2016.


Laser light for motorcycles and


A helmet with a head-up display will be presented. Safety and comfort information for a more emotionally charged riding experience.


Head-up display helmet: road information always in your sights. The BMW head-up display projects necessary or desirable traffic or vehicle information directly into the rider's field of view, allowing him/her to maintain constant observation of the traffic on the road, with no distraction. This would appear even more important with motorcycles than it is with cars.  A camera oriented towards the rear could at some point in the future perform the function of a 'digital rear-view mirror'. And last but not least, this technology also enables the visualisation of other riders in a motorcycle group. This enables the rider to see where his companions are at any given moment.


In 2003, BMW became the first European automobile manufacturer to introduce a head-up display as optional equipment for BMW automobiles.


All displays are freely programmable; ideally, to provide the best-possible support for rider safety. The display options comprise safety-relevant information, for instance data relating to the technical status of the motorcycle, such as tyre pressure, oil level and fuel level, travel speed and selected gear, speed limit and road sign recognition, plus warnings of impending dangers.


The information display technology can be integrated in existing helmets, without affecting either wearer comfort or rider safety. The operating time of the system with the two replaceable batteries is around five hours.

At the moment, the technology is still too cost-intensive for use in motorcycles. However, it is expected that the economies of scale resulting from their large-scale use in the automobile industry will result in a price  with a clear downward trend. Its use in motorcycles could might then be imaginable in the medium term.


BMW Motorrad wants to develop this innovative technology to series-production level within the next few years, thus adding a further safety feature to its already wide range of rider equipment.


In 2014, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.118 million cars and 123,000 motorcycles worldwide. The most popular BMW Motorrad models with over 40,000 units sold are the R 1200 GS (24,380) together with its sister model R 1200 GS Adventure (16.242). The middle range models F 800 GS/GS Adventure (7,040/4,278 units) and F 700 GS (6,499 units)


On the K 1600 GTL concept vehicle presented, the BMW Motorrad laser light is derived from a design from the automobile division of the BMW Group. The innovative laser technology is already available in the new BMW 7 Series as well as in the BMW i8. BMW Motorrad has now adapted this technology.