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ADV ProductsMoto GadgetsBMW Introduces New Head-Up Display Smartglasses For Riders

BMW Introduces New Head-Up Display Smartglasses For Riders

Smart motorcycle shades let you keep your eyes on the road up ahead.

Published on 07.10.2023

We all remember Google’s failed attempt to make their ‘Glass’ wearable display product the next big thing in tech back in 2014, but BMW Motorrad believes there is demand for the technology in the motorcycle world and say they’ve come up with a product that will give riders a good reason to wear smartglasses.

Dubbed ConnectedRide Smartglasses, the new motorcycle shades provide the head-up display (HUD) technology already familiar from the automotive sector and project all relevant journey data, such as navigation, speed or gear directly into the rider’s field of vision. According to BMW, the most important advantage of their streamlined device is that it increases safety by making sure riders spend less time looking down at their dash and more time looking at the road ahead.

BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide Smartglasses for motorcyclists

The BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide smartglasses can be easily connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth and app. The projection can be positioned and the settings can be selected before the ride and also while riding via the multicontroller on the motorcycle handlebars.


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In addition to the individual user interface and an increase in riding safety, BMW says the smartglasses also offer a high level of comfort by featuring a design adapted to meet the special needs of motorcyclists. With versatility in mind, BMW’s ConnectedRide Smartglasses can be adapted to fit numerous helmets and face shapes making them comfortable to wear even on long day trips. 

The lithium-ion battery enables up to ten hours of operation and BMW supplies two sets of certified UVA/UVB lenses with the frame. One set of lenses is 85% transparent and can be used especially for helmets with integrated sun visors. The other set has tinted lenses turning the smartglasses into a perfect pair of sunglasses.

For people who wear glasses, there is an RX adapter (+/- 4.5 diopters). This can be ordered online directly from the provider. The corresponding QR code can be found in the user manual of the ConnectedRide Smartglasses.

The BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide Smartglasses will be presented on 7 July 7, 2023 as part of the BMW Motorrad Days in Berlin and will retail for 690.00 € or around $758.

BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide Smartglasses for motorcyclists

ConnectedRide Smartglasses Highlights

  • Two sizes (M + L) available with different nose pads — M for pupil distance 53 to 67 mm, L for 59 to 73 mm.
  • Two sets of lenses (1x tinted lens and 1x 85% transparent lens), integrated light sensor, certified UVA/UVB filter.
  • RX adapter for adjusting the lenses to the required visual acuity (up to max. 4.5 diopters).
  • Can be connected to a smartphone and the BMW Motorrad Connected App via Bluetooth.
  • Real-time GPS data transfer from app to smartglasses.
  • Head-Up function for navigation with individual display.
  • Display of speed, speed limit, gear and navigation (reduced arrow display or detailed navigation with street names, intersections and precise directions).
  • Integrated light sensor and integrated optics module for securely transferring data and securely displaying data on the top left of the right glass.
  • Lithium-ion battery provides up to ten hours of operation.
  • USB charging cable.
  • Operating temperature range -10° to +50°C.
  • Color: Anthracite.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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Shaun Brown
Shaun Brown
July 10, 2023 5:41 pm

Kinda cool, but could they manufacture a visor or an internal drop-down in a helmet with that technology built in?

Jozko Pucuk
Jozko Pucuk
July 21, 2023 10:49 pm
Reply to  Shaun Brown

I want to enjoy and ride my bike. Not to watch and be distracted with some arrows, or speed limits in the middle of my retina.
Terrible idea and I wouldn’t get it even for free. It would ruin my drive.

James Parker
James Parker
July 11, 2023 11:01 am

Very cool! Love how much more versatile and practical this is rather than having a whole helmet delivering the technology like it has been done in the past. I bet it can take phone calls too since it can be paired with the app.

Jeff
Jeff
July 19, 2023 10:06 am

Great idea! Kinda pricey right now, love that you can also get them as prescription( if I read correctly) compared to my prescription glasses the price is comparable.

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