Motorcycle riders are due for some safety upgrades. When you think about it, the motorcycle has been virtually unchanged — from a safety standpoint — for decades. The rider is in an inherently dangerous position that could lead to serious or even fatal injuries in an accident that would leave a passenger or driver of a car with minor injuries or no injuries at all. This is all in relation to the open nature of the vehicle. There are no doors or sides or airbags to protect the rider.
But helmet manufacturers are starting to change this current trend. More and more, manufacturers are coming out with futuristic yet practical helmets that give motorcycles more information and allow them to record their rides for future viewing — or to capture crucial evidence in case of an accident.
Imagine a helmet that has a visor that feeds the motorcyclist information about their speed and the weather, or a visor that had video feeds showing the motorcyclist what was going on in the lanes around them and behind them.
Imagine a helmet that had a front-facing camera, allow the motorcyclist to record his or her rides and preserve evidence from any crashes he or she might be in. Or imagine a rear facing camera that could do the same thing.
These are major improvements to the motorcycle helmet that can (and in some cases already have) happened. We applaud any improvement to keep motorcyclists safe.
Source: New Atlas, “Camera kit brings rear vision to motorcycle helmets,” Spiros Tsantilas, May 31, 2017