TLC way of the future
Could this concept car spell the end of the steering wheel?
‘‘ The Honda way of thinking is ‘ priority is human’,’’ says development boss Takamitsu Tajima. ‘‘ I realised the potential to drive fast and safe.’’
Carsguide first saw the TLC system at a technical briefing in Tokyo last year by Honda Design creative director Yoshinori Asahi, who explains: ‘‘ We pursue what is a good feeling among people. It is food for thought. We are working for production.’’
Tajima says theoretical work on the twin-lever system began in 2003 and he first tried it on a go-kart, taking less than a month to show its potential to his bosses because it used a more natural movement.
‘‘ A simple back-and-forth motion is natural for humans, compared to turning a wheel,’’ Tajima says. ‘‘ Forward-andbackward arm movement is intuitive work without thinking. This means that the twin lever can be manipulated more intuitively. ‘‘ With a twin lever it is easy to control force, position and speed, so it has good controllability. Compared to a wheel, the twin lever is easier to operate. Even (occasional) drivers said it was easy to drive. This system is easy for people who are not good at driving, and the elderly.’’
Tajima cites other advantages of the system, including removing the need for an airbag in a steering wheel, as well as a clearer view of instruments and the road.
Twin-lever steering, he believes, could revolutionise car interior design.
Space age: Twin-Lever Control , previewed on Honda’s EVSTER, could make steering wheels obsolete