Sometimes, riding in city traffic makes you wish you had eyes at the back of your head. When riding a bike, it is hard to see what’s coming on the side and to out back without turning our head around. Our peripheral vision is greatly limited by the helmet. Rear-view mirrors offer a decent view of the back, but the angle of vision is limited, which leaves a few blind spots.
ReeVu Helmets, a company based in north-east England, has developed the world’s first helmet with an in-built rear-view mirror system. The system was developed in-house and is patented by ReeVu helmets.
The ReeVu RV MSX1 features a unique system that redirects light from the rear onto a screen at the front side of the helmet. The rear-view system is constructed from a reflective polycarbonate plate. This reflects the light around the shape of the head, all within the outer shell casing, enabling the rider to see the vehicles behind him, without having to turn around. This makes the rider more aware of the vehicles around them, thereby eliminating blind spots.
The polycarbonate plate has been designed to act as a crumple zone, so that in the event of an accident, it helps to dissipate the force of the impact. To offset any increase in weight added by the system, the outer shell casing of the MSX1 is made from a mix of carbon composites, so that the helmet weighs light while retaining the structural strength. The helmet has been tested to comply with stringent quality standards such as the ECE-22-05, and is also certified for use on the racetrack.
The ReeVu MSX1 is yet to be officially available in India, but you can get your hands on it if you travel to Europe, UK or USA. The MSX1 retails for $399, or approximately Rs 22,000.
Here are some images of the ReeVu MSX1:
For more on the ReeVu range of helmets, visit www.reevu.com