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Honda has had to reveal a sci-fi plan for motorcycles of the future that can read and react to the psychol0gy and mood of a rider as they’re riding, log the information and then SEND it back live to a user watching on the web or tv.

What that means is that in the future YOU could be wearing a VR headset and haptic-responsive gloves whilst watching the likes of Marc Marquez race in MotoGP and get a real-time, live feed for exactly how the factory Honda is feeling as the rider pushes it to the limit during a race.

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The far-out plans might sound like something from some sort of fantasy about where Honda’s bikes are heading, but this is real. The secret is out after a set of patents from Honda Motor Co have had to go to global filing in order to protect the idea from the Japanese giant.

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In the design drawings the bike (in this case, a large enduro/adventure bike but Honda makes it clear in the description that this tech would feature on other types of motorcycle) features two cameras and a bank of computers linked to a GPS tracker which is capable of sending information back t0 a live server which in turn fires the information out to the web and tv.

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The first camera is set behind the bike’s screen looking up at the rider’s face whilst the other is a larger diameter lens that sits where the headlight currently would be.

In the official description from Honda the bike has an in-vehicle video and photographic system that is displayed in real-time in a large LCD screen which not only shows the live feed from both cameras but also feature a raft of motorcycle information data from the different elements of the bike including engine speed, throttle opening, vehicle speed, slip ratio etc.

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Tony Carter

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