Aegis Rider: Prototype Glasses Teach Motorcyclists How to Lean Into a Corner


A view of the Aegis Rider riding enhancement aid glasses currently in beta testing phase

Let’s face it; in a perfect world, we’d have everybody understanding how to get low and lean into a curve (we’d also perhaps have cheaper ARCH Motorcycles and a surplus of race tracks available to scoot top speeds for free, but I digress).

Unfortunately, the motorcycle community is full of new (and experienced) riders who have yet to get the hang of where to look on a lean – and the results can be dangerous when taking a corner faster than they can manage, regardless of what kind of bike they’re on. 

A view of a rider leaning improperly

With this in mind, an advanced motorcycle safety system in development (known as Aegis Rider) has developed a set of unique glasses that allow the rider to see their trajectory – both where they are meant to be through the curve, as well as how much to lean, and where to look coming out of that corner. 

A view of the Aegis Rider riding enhancement aid glasses currently in beta testing phase

The report from VisorDown states that the software works from “a system of cameras, machine learning, and map processing…the system displays information via a heads-up-display through augmented reality glasses, in an attempt to make motorcycling safer for riders”.

A view of the Aegis Rider riding enhancement aid glasses currently in beta testing phase

Picture this.  It’s a sunny day, you’ve got your shades on and you’re approaching a particularly annoying curve. Your shades engage, the HUD (heads-up-display) beams a visible line along the road you’re looking at to suggest the optimal line (and lean) to take.

As you’re tackling that corner, the system “keeps an eye out for dangerous curve manoeuvres or sharp corners, the incorrect speed for an upcoming corner, or hazards on the way.”

A view of the Aegis Rider riding enhancement aid glasses currently in beta testing phase

Sounds nifty, though the question to ask is no longer ‘how safe can I be’, but ‘how much safety aid should I use before it starts to make things worse’?

VisorDown hit the nail on the head here. What if the machine doesn’t spot a hazard/problem in the road, or you’re riding in the dark? How much can you rely on the information provided? We all know people that rely too heavily on gear to protect them when out on the road, and there will definitely be a temptation to do the same with this software.

A view of the Aegis Rider riding enhancement aid glasses currently in beta testing phase

The report states that the company is still in the testing phase of the program, so nothing is set in stone; however, for a concept attempting to ease riders into the more basic know-hows connected with riding, I could see this program being a useful learning tool – a way to grow new riders more confidence in beginner courses at the very least. 

A view of a beginner rider learning how to lean

Fancy a test ride of the software?  The company is actively looking for participants ready to try the Aegis Rider out. Register as a test rider on their website if you’re interested; in the meantime, be sure to read up on other motorcycle safety articles we’ve curated for you from our archives, and as always – stay safe on the twisties.

2 Comments

  1. Mark Wialbut
    November 5, 2021
    Reply

    Hmmm, looks like more of a distraction than and aid. How does it know what the optimum line, speed and lean angle is for a given bike, rider, and road? Does it recognize that there’s marbles or some liquid spill in the corner? Seriously, the software would have to be very well developed to take into account everything that a rider experiences and reacts to on the real life road.

    • November 6, 2021
      Reply

      Hello Mark,

      Agreed – I personally don’t see the benefits of real-time use on the road proper, though this could be a very useful tool to encourage new riders to relax and take the lean. I had a friend try leaning for the first time last week, and their right-angle degree between their sideways head and perched vertical body (thinking they were leaning) had me choking down my tea in the utmost effort to be polite…

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