Cedric Bosch’s vision struck a chord with the riding public and, as a result, the Rideye Black Box Camera is heading into production thanks to massive support generated by a Kickstarter funding campaign.
So, what is the Rideye? Patterned after the black box recorders in airplanes, Bosch initially targeted bicyclists, who often ride alone and are at risk of harm, especially in city traffic. When the word got out about the product, Bosch says he was flooded with requests from motorcyclists as well.
“I wanted to start off with a single market so I could focus my efforts. I chose cyclists, but I was immediately contacted by tons of motorcyclists asking if Rideye would work for them,” Bosch told AllAboutBikes. “Being a motorcyclist myself, I spent a couple days designing and testing the helmet mount. It turned out great, and gives you a really low-profile way of using Rideye on your motorcycle.”
Bosch has been testing Rideye aboard his Triumph Street Triple during his 20-mile commute through Los Angeles. While acknowledging that “most cars don’t drive recklessly or with malicious intentions,” Bosch noted that because motorcycles present a smaller visual profile, drivers of cars could lose sight of them.
“It (Rideye) has been a huge boost to my peace of mind. We all try to ride as safely as possible, but careless driving by other vehicles still accounts for the majority of accidents. Rideye serves as an always-on, objective witness that will protect you from hit-and-runs and false claims, which are becoming all too common,” he said.
Turning a negative into a positive
Bosch initially came up with the idea of Rideye last year when a friend was hit by a car while riding his bicycle.
“The car fled the scene and he was stuck on the side of the road until someone saw him and called an ambulance. The driver was never found and he racked up medical costs during his hospital stay. That really got me thinking about what I could do to prevent that from happening again,” Bosch said.
“It's time for riders to take responsibility and prove what actually happened during an accident,” he added.
How it works
Rideye’s motorcycle helmet mount is designed to keep Rideye as close to the helmet as possible, maximizing stability by minimizing its wind profile. Rideyecontinuously records high-definition (1280 x 720) video onto its internal memory, which can hold 2.5 hours of video. The 120° optics cover an impressively wide field of view, recording every event and even allowing you to identify license plates in most incidents (left hand turn, right hook, and opening doors). When the internal memory is full, Rideye automatically removes the oldest video to make room for new recordings.
In the event of an incident, a single press of the button stops recording and saves the file. If the rider is unable to do so manually, Rideye's sensor will do so automatically when it detects a crash. At the center of the BlackBox system a triple-axis accelerometer measures Rideye's movements at a rate of 1,600 times per second. When impact is detected, the corresponding video file is saved to protect it from being overwritten.
State-of-the-art lithium cells and efficient power management achieve an impressive battery life of 24 hours.
Nearly 400 backers had pledged approximately $56,000 in the first 15 days of the Kickstarter effort, nearly doubling the target goal of $32,000. Funding will continue through mid-October and 100 percent of the funds will be used in Rideye’s first production run. MSRP is $149.99.
- CNC aircraft-grade aluminum, powder-coated finish
- Laser cut Lexan inlays with scratch-resistant finish
- Dimensions: 1" x 1.5" x 3"
- Weight: 185g
Video / Audio:
- 1280 x 720 resolution, 30 FPS, 7 Mbps
- H.264 encoding
- 120 degree wide-angle glass optical element
- 512 Kbps audio, mono, 32kHz, 16 bit
- BlackBox crash-detection sensor
- One-touch operation button
- 6,800 mAh Panasonic Lithium-Ion battery pack
- 8 Gb internal memory (2.5 hours of video)
- Standard Mini-USB connector (cable included)