Motorcycle driving is way more dangerous and riskier than car driving. Now, these motorcycles are getting touch screens.
New maker joining the trend
The maker of Indian and Victory motorcycles, Polaris recently announced how it is putting the touch screen displays on its new bikes and off road vehicles. It is joining the innovation BMW and Harley-Davidson started in the past years.
Ride Command will enable motorcycle riders to sync their cellphones with their bike’s infotainment system, to map out their routes, to stay connected with their friends and to even check their social media accounts through the bike’s display screen. To be able to do these, bikers might need to take their hands away from the handle.
How about safety?
According to the company, the safety of doesn’t alarm regulators or riders as it is what consumers want. Executives say, riders are more worried about the touch screens being too high tech. The system can be shut off, though, by tapping the display for 3 seconds.
How about people who don’t need it?
For people who don’t need the technology, Polaris is making sure it is not an intrusion to those people, according to its president of motorcycles Steve Menneto.
Computer gadgets or software are everywhere and in moving and electronic things. Even if the need for simplified vehicles is better, there’s still no avoiding these computer assisted or enabled transportation.
Hindrance vs. Enhancement
A car, a modern one, usually runs millions of lines in software codes, and a motorcycle runs around the same number of codes.
Even though software is what powers most aspects of people’s lives, it is a question whether it is a hindrance rather than an enhancement.
A music system is probably of lesser importance in comparison of a system that detects approaching vehicles which is a transportation necessity.
For navigation systems, Polaris wants a rider to be able to experience anything done in cars. The company is able to integrate these in bikes. The customers are the ones deciding how they can use them.
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