March 1, 2015 at 4:18 pm #7291EddiebKeymaster
Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter
- Town/City: Tauranga
- Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
FOR some, part of the appeal of motorcycling is the solitude – just you and the road, with no one to interrupt your thoughts or hear your mutterings.
Well, now there is something to butt in and answer you back. Two Intel engineers have developed a system for the BMW R1200GS that allows the bike to talk to the rider, and vice versa.
‘What’s my bike status?’ a riders asks, in a demo video on YouTube. His helmet, which is connected wirelessly to the bike via his Android phone, responds: ‘Bike okay to ride, tyre pressure okay, oil level okay, battery okay, engine okay, bike currently in Sport mode.’
Think of it as a bit like KITT from the 1980s TV show Knight rider, except instead of helping you solve crime, it gives you directions and automatically sends you to a petrol station when you’re running low.
According to Intel engineer Stephanie Moyerman, 29, from Philadelphia, it also has potential safety applications including telling you when something is in your blind spot.
‘Safety is one of the big ones,’ she said. ‘You could put range sensors so that the phone can alert you if there’s someone in your blind spot. Things like that in cramped spaces are incredibly cool.’
According to Moyerman, the project is currently for research purposes rather than product development, so it’s unclear if or when we’ll see it on a production bike.March 2, 2015 at 7:45 am #7302Jake MaryniakParticipantRank: 400cc Rider
Shit, If I wanted to talk while riding, I’d bring my wife along. She just wouldn’t shut up….March 2, 2015 at 7:44 pm #7324Removed UserMemberRank: 50cc Rider
Pathetic really, and another gimmick aimed at the yuppies that ride…
automatically sends you to a petrol station when you’re running low.
Yeah right, like to see that……key word being automatically!
FFS, whatever happened to just riding and enjoying the ride without Android, WiFi, Bluetooth, Apple and Facebook and so on….
I like to ride to get away from that intrusion…
Bad enough having to stop when a rider wants a fag, let alone stopping for soemone who wants to update their profile because they got a notification in their fricking ear!March 3, 2015 at 7:33 am #7351
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