UK start up aims to banish mirrors with rear-view camera

Published: 17 March 2017

UK-based start up Zona have designed a rear-view camera system with the aim of keeping bikers looking forward, rather than at their mirrors.

The system uses a bike-mounted camera to capture the footage behind the rider, which is then sent via wi-fi to a receiver attached to the riders helmet. A small display on the end of a flexible arm fitted inside the rider's helmet then shows what's behind.

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The image is stabilised via a series of accelerometers and gyroscopes before being projected onto the display. The flexible arm holding the display can be positioned above or below the rider's eye, so as not to obstruct the view ahead but to remain in their peripheral vision. The system also stored footage, should you want to view it after your ride.

Zona have guaranteed the product will be delivered to those placing pre-orders on June 30, 2017, and are currently offering the unit at a special price of £175, compared to the normal price of £225.

San Francisco based start up Skully Helmets attempted something similar in 2016, instead opting to incorporate the system into their own helmet, but the company ceased operating before they could bring the product to market.

BMW unveiled a heads-up display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last year, although their system would only display information such as speed, speed limit, tyre pressure and navigation. The system has yet to make it into production.

One head-up display system already available on the market is from BikeHUD. Their systems again only shows information such as speed and outside temperature. We last reviewed the BikeHUD system in 2014.

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