Honda has filed a patent application for a facial-recognition helmet that would act as a key fob to unlock your motorcycle.
It features a camera on the inside that identifies your face and then activates the motorcycle.
Don’t expect that this will happen any time soon. It’s sort of an answer to a question no one has asked.
And no, it’s not still April 1!
This patent filing simply shows that Honda is looking to the future and tying down patents for all sorts of ideas.
It follows recent Honda inventions and patent applications for a leaning trike, a hydrogen-powered bike, a cooling/heating seat, a self-balancing motorcycle and an air-conditioning unit for a motorcycle.
Remote key fob
Remote key fobs are almost universal in cars, but only a few luxury motorcycle brands offer them.
They can be handy for riders.
How many times have you put your gloves on and then had to take them off to dig your keys out of your pants pocket?
It’s hardly an inconvenience, but anything that seems to add convenience is an extra selling point for a vehicle.
However, the problem with a helmet that acts as a key fob is that after about five years you should replace your helmet and we expect this lid would be quite expensive.
The other drawback is that it would add weight to the helmet.
Upcoming smart helmets already have a lot of included technology such as head-up display, 360-degree cameras, bluetooth units and more.