BMW's motorcycle division is showing off a next-generation helmet with a built-in heads-up display at CES this week — and it'll be a real product "within the next few years," the company says. The helmet is designed to show a variety of different information — heads-up basics like speed and fuel, for instance, plus more advanced features like road sign recognition and V2V integration to warn of upcoming dangers on the road.
The helmet's functions are actuated with controls on the left handlebar (which is good, because mucking with controls on the helmet itself while riding could get a little messy). It also has a forward-facing action cam that can record your ride, GoPro-style, and a rear-facing camera that can be used as a virtual rear-view mirror in the heads-up display. The system is powered by removable batteries that are good for a claimed five hours of life.
BMW's concept isn't totally novel, though: startup Skully makes an augmented reality helmet that you can buy right now for $1,499 with an estimated delivery this summer. But the integration with the motorcycle through the factory handlebar controls is notable here — as long as you can wait a few years for BMW to actually put it into production.