French company EyeLights already makes head-up display units for cars and is now planning to move into motorcycles with a revolutionary EyeRide connection system for large group intercom.
Instead of using Bluetooth to connect, it uses a data connection to a Discord app server.
While EyeRide promises virtually unlimited group chats with others on the same network including non-riders, it relies on an internet connection and will use up your phone data.
Eyeride HUD screen
Otherwise, EyeRide is like a standard Bluetooth intercom that supplies music, phone calls and GPS navigation prompts using Garmin HERE maps, but also has a small HUD screen for important information as in this video.
It is slightly transparent and on the right side, which may be fine in a country where you drive on the right.
We are not sure yet if it can be moved to the left for riding in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and other left-side countries as they haven’t released all the details yet.
The company plans to launch a Kickstarter shortly to get the product off the ground. (We will update with the link when it starts.)
We advise to be cautious of supporting Kickstarter programs as you may not get your money back if they don’t go ahead.
Given EyeLights already produce a car HUD system, they may be a little more secure than a normal speculative start-up.
I haven’t used a HUD system yet in a helmet and can’t verify if it is a distraction or allows you to safely keep your eyes on the road.
However, I have driven several cars with HUD systems on the windscreen and found them extremely useful, safe and non-distracting.
Unfortunately, few of these aftermarket HUD systems or integrated HUD helmets have made it to market.
Infamously, Skully HUD helmets raised a record amount through crowd-funding then fraudulently spent it on fast cars and fast women and went bankrupt.
Skully Fenix AR
Yet, almost every month new HUD systems and helmets are announced.
Tali Connected and Livall HUD helmets
Meanwhile, the first aftermarket HUD company, NuViz, recently closed down, leaving owners stranded with no GPS function as their map licence expired, according to RideApart.
Nuviz HUD unit
Like all new technology, there will be bugs and it seems HUD has had more than its fair share over the past few years.
That doesn’t mean HUD technology isn’t coming.