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January 8, 2014

Check your six without looking

Photo: Skully Helmets

Skully helmet projects rear-view and navigation info on visor.

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California company Skully Helmets is working on a head-up display helmet that would offer a variety of useful functions and will be on sale this year, they say.

The Skully AR-1 displays information in a semi-transparent rectangle on the lower-right part of the visor that includes a 180-degree rear view, and voice-command GPS information. The HUD system also includes an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a thermometer, and a compass.

The helmet will meet U.S. DOT standards and European ECE, they say.

With the number of companies now working on head-up display motorcycle helmets, it seems inevitable that they will soon appear on the market in significant numbers. Skully offers riders a chance to become beta testers with pre-release models, and the company says a large number of riders have applied for that through their website.

Other HUD helmets are in the works, and a British company, Reevu  has one on the market, while LiveMap is working on one, and  NuViz  is getting set to offer a HUD that will mount on any full-face helmet. These items won’t be cheap, but the HUD idea will almost certainly proliferate the way ABS has. It’s important to note that the display inside a HUD-equipped helmet is not meant to be looked at directly, but rather seen in peripheral vision while riding, so the rider’s focus remains where it needs to be — in front.