Computers, they’re everywhere. They’re even in watches now – what an amazing time to be alive. Honda thinks they’re so clever that they’ve lodged patents for a new computer system that is designed to teach motorcycle riders become better at what they do and it’s called the Live Computer Instructor System (we’ll dub it LCIS for short).
The computer and sensors that make up the LCIS aren’t overly revolutionary and in fact are now found in the most recent top of the range bikes. They include gyroscopes, accelerometers and GPS, but also incorporates a camera and and recording device. The recording device is aimed to providing feedback after a rider travels the same route – which could be just as handy on the racetrack as it is on the street.
The feedback is also provided live – if you’re getting on the throttle too late or too early, it will tell you. Same for things like lean angle, braking power and turn in points. How that feedback is provided isn’t really disclosed – there’s emphasis on a touch sensitive screen but providing instructions that necessitate taking your eyes off the road probably isn’t ideal.
Also, the patent seems to be heavily steered towards new riders – again, we haven’t come across any manual/mechanical scenario where feedback from a computer is better than a human when it comes to learning brand new skills, especially something as tricky as riding a motorcycle.
But applications for track racing definitely seem strong. No doubt there’s many a rider – amateur or professional – who yearns for detailed feedback and technical data when practicing on a circuit where tenths of a second become so important.