Is Night Vision for Motorcycles Useful?

Darren Haley seems to think so

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night-riding-visible-thermal-on-coming-caraThe concept sounds great but like with any new product or idea it may look good on paper but how well will it work in the real world, Darren Haley from FLIR is trying to find out.  Haley, is currently testing out this product that is hands-free, it uses a thermal camera that is plugged into a GPS unit to display a more detailed image when riding at night.

Haley, does make one good point about having oncoming cars blind you as they pass, he also mentions in the article that he uses the unit like you would a side or rear-view mirror.

The display allows you to see the lines of the road without having to look at the car and blinding you

The unit will be priced under $2,000 (that usually means $1,999).  I have way too many questions and concerns about this concept but I guess its too early to judge…2001-r1150gs-november-2008-050-199x3002001-r1150gs-november-2008-018-199x300

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  • Terry Cox

    Can you imagine someone trying to pilot a motorcycle by looking at that tiny screen? It will certainly cause an accident. I worked for a fire department that used thermal imagers and we required two people when using it in a smoky building, one to use the imager and one to look at what was actually happening. If it was a head up display on the windshield of the bike, at least it would still be in the proper field of vision.

  • tech2020

    You aren’t suppose to pilot by looking into the screen. You are supposed to check it like an instrument or mirror. This is the same configuration that is used on the BMW automobiles. There will be situations when you will want to check dark roads, intersections, or when blinded by headlights. I’ve driven the cars. It’s excellent. I would put one on my bike.