A smart helmet is simply a device that makes an old traditional helmet seem completely dumb. Smart helmets now come with added features which will help motorcycle riders drive safer, faster, and improve their riding experience overall. Some of the features you may find in a smart helmet include: Bluetooth compatibility. This is great if you happen to already have a Bluetooth device, but if not, you will be glad to know that there are many other options available such as USB Bluetooth headsets. You also have the option of connecting your helmet via a traditional connection cable, which means you’ll still get the same benefits from wearing your helmet as you would if it was Bluetooth.
There are many different manufacturers of smart motorcycle helmets out there. Each one has their own unique take on what a smart helmet should offer motorcycle riders. It’s important to note though that not all smart motorcycle helmets will necessarily offer you all the features you may want and need. There are several important factors that determine which one you should ultimately choose from. These factors are:
One of the most common and popular smart helmet producers is the Smith and Nephew. Their latest creation, the self, is actually their first two bikes which have both the airbag and the kicker built into the frame. The set also offers full control over the vibration of the bike, meaning you no longer have to worry about scraping or losing control of the bike while you’re riding.
In addition to offering safety features such as the built-in airbag and the kicker, another feature that many people look for in their smart helmets is whether they are fully compliant with the Department of Transportation’s NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) standards. Many state governments, including those in California, require that motorcycle helmets are certified by NHTSA. In fact, California has some of the strictest helmet regulations in the country. If your helmet does not meet these stringent standards, then it’s probably best that you choose another brand or model.
Aside from NHTSA certification, many state governments also mandate that motorcycle helmets provide some sort of standard alert system for pedestrians. The most common is the standard “YO!” Sound effect that you hear when other riders blow by. Other states, like New York, have even gone so far as to implement laws requiring motorists to give pedestrians a wide berth. However, there are still quite a number of states that do not make pedestrians a priority when passing. In this regard, your smart helmet can provide you with peace of mind should you encounter a pedestrian while riding.
Other advanced features in many smart motorcycle helmets include the ability to monitor the temperature of the rider. For instance, some models allow you to manually adjust the temperature on your head, allowing you to ensure that you feel comfortable riding at a given temperature. This feature is particularly important during the cold months of the year. With the addition of built-in temperature sensors, your so beacon can easily inform the driver of how hot you are, allowing you to safely and efficiently get off and go, regardless of the weather. Many of the newer models also incorporate built-in halogen headlights, which are brighter and more visible under low light conditions.
Perhaps the most popular feature in smart helmets is the integration of Bluetooth technology. Today, many manufacturers integrate Bluetooth technology directly into their helmets, allowing riders to communicate verbally with each other without having to hold hands to do so. Most Bluetooth helmets also come equipped with a built-in microphone, which allows riders to communicate verbally with one another.
Additional features that most smart helmets come standard with include a built-in touch screen and voice-recognition technology. These two features enable riders to easily access important information without having to take their helmets off, such as the proper time, speed, and distance traveled, weather conditions, upcoming turns, other riders, and other pertinent information. In addition, most units offer pre-programmed voice alerts, which allow riders to instantly notify other riders of upcoming problems or accidents. For instance, the FMS 500 series helmet offers an interactive voice response that notifies other riders of any upcoming obstacles or issues in range. Other key features in these units include touch-screen capabilities, FM radio, Bluetooth compatibility, a headlight indicator, fog-proof and UV-resistant head displays, seat belts, rain-proof headsets, seatbelts, and an adjustable fit for all riders.