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Development of Honda Techmatic System for 2020 Model Year FIT

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.34 No.1

Summary

The Honda Techmatic System, a hand-operated driving assistance device that supports the independence of users with physical disabilities, has been developed as an official Honda product for the 2020 model year FIT.
Starting with the 2020 model, a Qi wireless charger for smartphones has been installed in the area where the existing Techmatic control lever is installed. By providing Qi functionality in a Techmatic system vehicle, Honda aimed to reduce the amount of effort required by drivers. Honda was able to continue use of the 2016 model year FIT control lever mechanism by moving it further forward in the vehicle. This compensated for the loss of horizontal space due to the Qi charger and for the installation point loss directly below the control position. In this way, Honda made the control lever mechanism more compact without impacting usability.

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Author (organization or company)

Takahiko SHIMIZU(Honda Access Corporation)、Toshihiro KOYAMA(Honda Motor Co., Ltd.)