BMW Introduces ConnectedRide Sunglasses With Head-Up Display

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Motorcycle HUD technology is no longer science fiction

BMW is bringing to market a set of motorcycle riding glasses with head-up display (HUD) technology. The ConnectedRide Smartglasses will arrive in the U.S. later this year, or at least, in states where HUD technology is allowed.

The head-up display projects data such as speed, selected gear, or navigation, into the rider’s field of vision in real time, giving access to this information without having to take your eyes off the road.

The Smartglasses are Bluetooth compatible, connecting with smartphones and equipped BMW motorcycles. The settings can be controlled using the handlebar-mounted multicontroller.

U.S. pricing will be announced closer to the on sale date, but in Europe, they will retail for €690 (US$757).

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BMW Motorrad presents ConnectedRide Smartglasses

Innovative motorcycle goggles with head-up display technology

In celebration of its next 100 Years, BMW Motorrad proudly presents ConnectedRide Smartglasses, the innovative motorcycle goggles with head-up display technology.

What was still considered science fiction a few years ago is now becoming reality with the BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide Smartglasses. The innovative motorcycle goggles provide the head-up display technology already familiar from the automotive sector and project all relevant data, such as navigation, speed, or gear, directly into the rider’s field of vision in real time, thus enabling particularly anticipatory and thus safer motorcycle riding.

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 or during, via the multicontroller on the motorcycle handlebars.

In addition to the individual user interface and an increase in riding safety, the smart glasses also offer a high level of comfort. The design of the smart glasses and the display has been adapted to meet the special needs of motorcyclists. The BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide Smartglasses can be adapted to fit numerous helmets and face shapes. This makes the smart glasses comfortable to wear even on long day trips. The lithium-ion battery enables up to ten hours of operation.

BMW Motorrad supplies two sets of certified UVA/UVB lenses with the frame. One set of lenses is 85% transparent and can be used for helmets with integrated sun visors. The other set has tinted lenses turning the smart glasses into a pair of sunglasses.

For riders who wear prescription glasses, the lenses can be ground and adjusted to the required visual acuity (up to max. 4 diopters) by an optician using an RX adapter. For those who wear contact lenses, the Smartglasses can be used normally. The set also includes a case and a USB charging cable.

BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide Smartglasses highlights:

  • Two sizes (M + L) available with different nose pads. Medium for pupil distance 2.1 to 2.6-inches, Large for 2.3 to 2.9-inches.
  • Two sets of lenses (1 x tinted and 1 x 85% transparent) integrated light sensor, certified UVA/UVB filter.
  • RX adapter for adjusting the lenses to the required visual acuity (up to max. 4 diopters) by an optician.
  • 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 -14° to 122° F.
  • Anthracite frame.

U.S. Availability

The BMW ConnectedRide Smartglasses are expected to arrive in the U.S. later in 2023 and to be available in most states. Pricing and more detailed US information will be available closer to on sale date.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Gre77823766 Gre77823766 on Jul 09, 2023

    This is no different then HUD systems that pilots use at much faster speeds and altitudes. More information is better

  • Mike buhler Mike buhler on Jul 13, 2023

    No chance I would buy into this setup. Better to develop a helmet visor to work.