A helmet with augmented reality to highlight dangers on the road: Aegis Rider already has its prototype HUD for motorcyclists
The systems Head-up display, better known as HUD, have been around for a long time, although they are not widespread (they are available in kit form for any car). Manufacturers are looking to implement this technology in cars now that they are becoming more technical vehicles, and not only in cars: motorcycles are also a target audience for HUDs.
At least that’s what they believe in Aegis Rider, whose idea is to be something like a smart helmet to support en route, without preventing the correct visualization of the real elements. At the moment they have a prototype (Aegis Advanced Guardian) and the idea is that it could be a type of device that reduces the risk of accidents in dangerous curves or complicated paths.
Emphasize “real” reality with augmented reality
The idea is not to look away from the road, something that happens when riding a motorcycle if, for example, we want to check the speed or some indication of the handlebar control panel (such as a navigation system). To do this, Aegis Advanced Guardian implements it with augmented reality, so that indicators appear at the base of the helmet glass, which is actually the HUD system.
In this case they pull cameras to object recognition and deep-learnig, which, according to what the system shows, can detect dangers such as objects on the road, animals, pedestrians or other vehicles, highlighting them if necessary. The latter is done with colored boxes, more or less like the automatic focus systems in mobiles and cameras.
With all this, the device turns out to be much bulkier than a normal helmet would be. In addition, it requires installing a part on the motorcycle itself since it is needed to send the data to the helmet and that can show certain information, such as the inclination with respect to the rider’s axis.
A pretty idea, a fear that won’t go away
HUD helmets are not something strictly new, far from it, since it is something that has been used for many years in the helmets for pilots of certain aircraft. But it is something that we have not seen yet on motorcycles, in fact does not stop causing us some doubts as is often the case with these AR applications.
Some time ago we saw that the University of Toronto did not see these systems conducive to avoid looking away, but quite the opposite, since they thought that they are systems that “would have an overload of information.”
In fact, here we already saw that not all the screens installed on the dashboard have them, sometimes 12 inches or more. In this case, it is a considerable deviation of the gaze and the disadvantage that as there are no physical buttons, more attention is required from the driver (if there is no passenger). Mazda has already given up these, so we will see if systems like the Aegis Rider are advantageous or not.
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