Night vision on the Kawasaki 1400GTR

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Kawasaki 1400GTR con HUD nel 2010

The Kawasaki 1400GTR is already a high-tech bike, but in 2010 it could become even more avantgarde, equipped with night vision. This kind of technology has so far only been seen on luxury automobiles, but Gizmag reports we could soon see it on the 1400GTR.

The infrared night vision, developed by Kawasaki itself, could appear as an option or as an aftermarket upgrade. The technology would function from the rear view mirrors of the bike, and information would be transmitted to the computer, which would judge how far away objects are and whether any obstacles lie outside the range of the headlights.

The technology therefore also functions as an anti-collision tool, but given it’s based on heat-sensor lights, it would only work for animals or people, and not anything that is no warmer than the general background. The technology is currently being used on top-of-the-range BMW and Mercedes cars.

The anti-collision feature would either appear on an LCD display, or even send an audio warning via Bluetooth to the rider’s helmet. It all sounds a bit sci-fi, but the technology could appear as early as next year, and even be presented at the Paris show this autumn.

Source | Gizmag

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