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BMW presents new concepts: Laser headlights, heads-up helmet display, at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

@BMWMotorradCA | @CES | BMW Motorrad will be displaying two innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on 6-9 January 2016. Laser light for motorcycles and a helmet with a head-up display will be presented, setting new standards of motorcycle safety, along with a technical outlook of how they may be employed in series models of the future.

BMW K1600GTL concept vehicle with BMW Motorrad laser light.
See and be seen has always been one of the central axioms of safe motorcycling, for which reason BMW Motorrad has long since dedicated itself to the continued development and optimisation of motorcycle lighting units. Over the years, this has seen the introduction of adaptive headlights for riding in curves, LED daytime running light and dynamic brake light in BMW motorcycles. And like so often, the development was able to benefit from synergy effects with BMW automobiles.

In the case of the K1600GTL concept vehicle presented here, the BMW Motorrad laser light is derived from a design from the automobile division of the BMW Group. The innovative laser technology is already available in the new BMW 7 Series as well as in the BMW i8. BMW Motorrad has now adapted this technology – which is as established as it is forward-looking – for motorcycling applications. Not only do laser light headlamps generate a particularly bright and pure-white light, but they even achieve a high-beam range of up to 600 metres, which is double that of conventional headlights. The safety of night-time riding has now increased significantly as a result, due not only to the increased range but also to the precise illumination of the road. Moreover, the laser technology has a very long service life, thanks to its compact, robust and maintenance-free construction.

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BMW Motorrad laser light has been incorporated in the K1600GTL concept vehicle as a feasibility test. BMW Motorrad is testing the use of this headlamp technology in series vehicles in the course of its preliminary development.

At the moment, the technology is still too cost-intensive for use in motorcycles. However, it is expected that the economies of scale resulting from their large-scale use in the automobile industry will result in a price structure with a clear downward trend. Its use in motorcycles could might then be imaginable in the medium term.

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Head-up display helmet: road information always in your sights.
In road traffic, it only takes a fraction of a second or a brief distraction to put the rider in a dangerous situation. In 2003, BMW became the first European automobile manufacturer to introduce a head-up display as optional equipment for BMW automobiles.

The BMW head-up display projects necessary or desirable traffic or vehicle information directly into the rider's field of view, allowing him to maintain constant observation of the traffic on the road, with no distraction. This would appear even more important with motorcycles than it is with cars, because it can sometimes only take a brief visual distraction to put the rider in a critical road situation.

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With a view to offering this technology in motorcycles of the future, a pre-development process was conducted in which a BMW Motorrad helmet was fitted with an innovative head-up display function. This enables the projection of data directly into the rider's field of view. This means that the rider no longer has to glance at the instrument panel and he is able to concentrate fully and without distraction on the road traffic.

All displays are freely programmable; ideally, to provide the best-possible support for rider safety, only information that is helpful and relevant to the current situation should be displayed to the rider at any given moment.

Safety and comfort information for an even more emotionally charged riding experience.

The display options comprise safety-relevant information, for instance data relating to the technical status of the motorcycle, such as tyre pressure, oil level and fuel level, travel speed and selected gear, speed limit and road sign recognition, plus warnings of impending dangers.

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By means of the future V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) communication, it might also be possible to display information in real time, for example to give due warning of any suddenly impending hazards.

Moreover, the head-up display also allows the visualisation of content designed to increase rider comfort. An example would be the planned route along with navigation advice prior to commencing a journey.

The helmet with head-up display also offers interesting possibilities for making the highly emotional experience of motorcycle riding even more intensive and at the same time safer. For instance, an action camera pointing forwards, located inside the helmet, can record video footage of the journey directly from the helmet. A second camera oriented towards the rear could at some point in the future perform the function of a 'digital rear-view mirror'. And last but not least, this technology also enables the visualisation of other riders in a motorcycle group. This enables the rider to see where his companions are at any given moment.

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The helmet, which is also fitted with an integrated mini-computer and loudspeakers, is controlled from the left-hand handlebar fittings using the BMW Motorrad multicontroller. As well as operating the camera, this allows the rider to comfortably select the information he requires.

The necessary information display technology can be integrated in existing helmets, without affecting either wearer comfort or rider safety. The operating time of the system with the two replaceable batteries is around five hours.

BMW Motorrad wants to develop this innovative technology to series-production level within the next few years, thus adding a further safety feature to its already wide range of rider equipment.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 12:12 Published in Industry News


Szoke Finishes Second in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy Challenge

@jordanszoke •@BMWMotorrad •@cdnsuperbike • Munich (DE) (November 28, 2015)- The winner has been decided.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 17:23 Published in Reports, Results & Points


The new BMW R nineT Scrambler – A Down-To-Earth Character Beyond Established Conventions

@BMWMotorrad • They were ridden by action heroes on the screen and scores of hobby racers entered mountain and beach races on them: the Scramblers.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 15:40 Published in Products


BMW Motorrad presents the new 2016 BMW F700GS and F800GS

@BMWMotorrad • Munich (November 17, 2015)-  The popular BMW Motorrad models F700GS and F800GS have displayed versatile capabilities for years: carefree riding fun due to secure controllability on all surfaces, vigorous drive power and excellent suitability for both day-to-day riding and travel - even when the route consists of nothing but gravel tracks. It is a concept in two variants that has been received with great enthusiasm by many motorcycle fans over the years and has now been visually refined by BMW Motorrad for model year 2016.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 15:34 Published in Industry News


BMW Motorrad Sets Course For Future Growth‏

@BMWMotorrad • Munich (November 11, 2015) - The BMW Group has set its motorcycle segment new targets for the coming years. By introducing additional models and entering new market segments, the company aims to win new customers worldwide, increasing deliveries of motorised two-wheel vehicles to 200,000 units by 2020.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:37 Published in News


BMW Reveals Experimental Electric Sport Bike, The eRR‏

@BMWMotorrad • (November 11, 2015)-  Munich - BMW Motorrad has a long tradition in pointing out new ways and thoughts for the topic 'mobility on two wheels'.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:32 Published in Products


BMW Motorrad Canada sponsors 10th Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion

Toronto ON – October 2nd, 2015 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is proud to announce BMW Motorrad Canada as a sponsor for the 10th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 7th, 2015 at the Sheraton Airport Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

“BMW Motorrad Canada is a very proud sponsor of the CMHF. It is important to recognize our Canadian motorcycle heritage as it has a long history of milestones and successes,” said director Norm Wells of BMW Canada. “We congratulate all the 2015 inductees and look forward to many more years of partnership with the CMHF and the outstanding team that makes it happen every year.

“The board of the Hall of Fame is extremely pleased to welcome back BMW Motorrad Canada to this event,” said Mike Harwood, Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. “We have deeply appreciated their support over the past ten years.”

Tickets for our 10th anniversary event are available, with a complete schedule of the activities taking place on November 7th at http://canmoto.ca/banquet-and-reunion/

11 legends and champions will be honoured at the Tenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion.

Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame preserves and promotes Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public. Sponsored in part by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC), the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a non-profit association with charitable status. It is governed by an independent board of volunteer directors representing every region of the country. Since the first induction banquet in Toronto in 2006, over 100 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

                                               

For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, silent auction and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca.

Friday, 30 October 2015 09:56 Published in Industry News


Dan Kruger's blog: Recovering from a major crash - what most people don't see, Part II

The long road to recovery: endless doctor appointments, scans, tests, and readjusting life to allow for as much recovery as quickly as possible. With a head injury, the recovery time varies and it is near impossible to predict how long you will be unfit to ride. I spent days and days inside a hyperbaric chamber to increase the oxygen flow in my body and speed up recovery.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:27 Published in Dan Kruger


Dan Kruger's blog: Recovering from a major crash - what most people don't see, Part I

By now, most people know I had a serious accident at the Suzuka 8-Hour World Endurance Event in Japan back in July. I high-sided my Superbike coming onto the front straightaway, which was targeted to be my fastest lap ever around the Suzuka Circuit. I was pushing hard and still had a heavy fuel load, with tires that were still not fully up to temp. Although I don’t remember any part of the accident, a photo sequence (see later in the story) along with onboard data allowed my team to piece it all together.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 10:38 Published in Dan Kruger


BMW Shows Off 310 cc Single-Cylinder Stunt Concept Bike in Brazil‏

@BMWMotorrad • São Paulo. With the world premiere of the BMW Concept Stunt G 310 at South America’s largest motorcycle show, BMW Motorrad is presenting a completely new side: the uncompromising interpretation of an aggressive and agile stunt bike based on a single cylinder study.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:45 Published in Industry News


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