Motorcycle riders need to pay more attention to defensive driving when they’re on the road, so it’s important to be able to get more information without distracting their vision. BMW has launched smart glasses for this purpose, called Connected Ride, which can project navigation, speed, gears and other important data in the rider’s field of vision.
The smart glasses, developed by BMW’s motorcycle division, look like a pair of slightly bulky sunglasses, with a right lens that displays various information. It’s a bit like a car’s heads-up display, which allows the rider to see key information while looking at the road. The rider can adjust the position of the information to his or her liking, and the glasses can also connect to smart devices via Bluetooth. Through the BMW BMW Motorrad Connected app, GPS data and more can also be displayed.
Considering that the smart glasses are specifically designed for motorcycle riders, BMW offers two sizes (medium and large) to accommodate different face shapes and helmets. In addition, the glasses come with two pairs of lenses with different translucencies for different helmet goggles. For example, one pair of lenses with 85% transmission is designed for use with helmets with built-in visors. Both pairs have UVA / UVB protection and can be customized to meet the user’s needs in terms of myopia (+/- 4.5 diopters).
The glasses have a built-in lithium-ion battery that can last up to 10 hours on a single charge and can be charged via USB cable, and can operate in temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius or as low as -10 degrees Celsius. The smart glasses are not cheap, with a suggested retail price of 690 euros (currently about RMB 5,451).