Shoei is the first major motorcycle helmet manufacturer to join the growing smart helmet revolution with the announcement of their IT-HT helmet.
The IT-HT helmet will include Bluetooth intercom and head-up display (HUD) which includes a translucent screen that shows vital information to the rider without them having to take their eyes off the road.
Information includes bike data such as speed and revs, but also navigation.
The helmet includes electronic and optical parts in the chin bar and a lens in front of the rider’s right eye.
A full-colour 6-inch image is displayed through the lens at 2m.
The system is connected to a smartphone through Bluetooth, and the navigation information such as left-turn, right-turn, and estimated arrival time is also displayed. The navigation app was co-developed by Navitime Japan Co., Ltd. – the most popular Japanese navigation app developer.
The smart helmet and HUD revolution is yet to get off the ground.
While there are many start-ups with smart helmets and aftermarket add-on devices such as Hudway, Nuviz and Seemore, few have made it to the market or proved their reliability.