Development of Honda's Franz System Car / 1982

The Car that United Many Spirits

Development of Honda's Franz System Car / 1982

Establishment of Safety Club Higo

Honda cars equipped with Techmatic driving-assistance devices for the handicapped went on sale beginning in 1976, and were drawing considerable attention from physically challenged people. This was a significant development, since disabled persons could at last realize the benefits of personal transportation, which would ultimately help them resume their place in society.

Establishment of Safety Club Higo

An engineer adjusting the steering pedal of the Franz System Car at BBC's Mannheim Plant

Tetsuya Tokawa, a sales representative at Honda Higo (currently Honda Clio Kumamoto), was consulting his physically challenged customers. A willing assistant under circumstances such as these, he would often make trips to the Kumamoto Prefectural Police in order to inquire about driver's licenses, or to the Welfare Section at Kumamoto City Hall to apply for subsidies.

Through his dealings with disabled persons, Tokawa began to see the need for a special organization through which safe, convenient driving could be promoted throughout all communities where people lived with such physical difficulty. Such an organization would help them regain their independence and enjoy more fulfilling lives. However, at the time it was still difficult for the physically challenged person to get a driver's license due to regulatory hurdles. Tokawa was hoping that organized programs to promote safe driving would lead to improvements in licensing.

Tokawa went to his boss, Masanori Soga - the president of Honda Higo - with his idea. To his great pleasure, Soga not only welcomed the idea of establishing such an organization, but advised him on how they could design an organization that would help physically challenged persons enjoy the benefits of automobile ownership. Tokawa inaugurated the Safety Club Higo on March 5, 1978, based on advice from Soga and Honda Motor's Office of Safe Driving Promotional Operations, and with help from Kumamoto Prefectural Police Headquarters. Representing the Prefectural Police, Sosuke Kawakami, vice-head of the Traffic Police Squad, attended the inauguration ceremony as a guest of honor.

"There were some concerns at first," Kawakami said, "because the club was starting out rather small in scale. However, in observing their activities those concerns soon disappeared. Instead, we joined in discussions with club members, examining ways to ensure a safe lifestyle for physically challenged persons."

The club's seventy members were mostly residents of Kumamoto Prefecture who had physical challenges. The club began its operation with the goal of fostering friendships among the members and promoting regional traffic safety. Specifically, the members used the facilities of the Fukuoka Traffic Education Center to learn the facts and skills required for safe driving.

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1990 - 1999
  1. The Birth of Twin Ring Motegi / 1997The Birth of Twin Ring Motegi / 1997
  2. Entry to Champ Car Racing / 1994Entry to Champ Car Racing / 1994
  3. Odyssey / 1994Odyssey / 1994
  4. Establishment of Honda Taiyo, Kibo-no-Sato Honda and Honda R&D Taiyo / 1992Establishment of Honda Taiyo, Kibo-no-Sato Honda and Honda R&D Taiyo / 1992
  5. Hosting Hosting "Orei-no-kai" / 1991
  6. The NSX / 1990The NSX / 1990
1980 - 1989
  1. The VTEC Engine / 1989The VTEC Engine / 1989
  2. Honda EV Plus: The Dream of an Electric Vehicle / 1988Honda EV Plus: The Dream of an Electric Vehicle / 1988
  3. An Automated Line for Painting and Coating / 1988An Automated Line for Painting and Coating / 1988
  4. Four-Wheel Steering System (4WS) / 1987Four-Wheel Steering System (4WS) / 1987
  5. The Airbag System / 1987The Airbag System / 1987
  6. The ZE Engine (GX110 / 140 / 240 / 270 / 340 Series) / 1983The ZE Engine (GX110 / 140 / 240 / 270 / 340 Series) / 1983
  7. Formula One Entry / 1983Formula One Entry / 1983
  8. Development of Honda's Franz System Car / 1982Development of Honda's Franz System Car / 1982
  9. The World's Smallest Welding Line / 1982The World's Smallest Welding Line / 1982
  10. Transfer Lines for Modular Components / 1981Transfer Lines for Modular Components / 1981
  11. The Car Navigation System / 1981The Car Navigation System / 1981
  12. City / 1981City / 1981
  13. The F200 The F200 "Komame" Mini-Tiller / 1980
  14. Establishing Honda of America Manufacturing / 1980Establishing Honda of America Manufacturing / 1980
1970 - 1979
  1. The Oval Piston Engine / 1979The Oval Piston Engine / 1979
  2. Returning to the World Motorcycle Grand Prix / 1979Returning to the World Motorcycle Grand Prix / 1979
  3. The HR21 Lawn Mower / 1978The HR21 Lawn Mower / 1978
  4. Creating Hometown Forests / 1977Creating Hometown Forests / 1977
  5. The ME Engine (G100 / 150 / 200 / 300 / 400 Series) / 1977The ME Engine (G100 / 150 / 200 / 300 / 400 Series) / 1977
  6. Introducing the Accord / 1976Introducing the Accord / 1976
  7. CG125 / 1975CG125 / 1975
  8. Establishment of Honda Engineering / 1974Establishment of Honda Engineering / 1974
  9. Company Leaders Honda and Fujisawa Retire; Kawashima Assumes Presidency / 1973Company Leaders Honda and Fujisawa Retire; Kawashima Assumes Presidency / 1973
  10. Announcing the Civic / 1972Announcing the Civic / 1972
  11. Introducing the CVCC / 1972Introducing the CVCC / 1972
  12. Holding All Honda Idea Contests / 1970Holding All Honda Idea Contests / 1970
  13. Launching the Office of Safe Driving Promotional Operations / 1970Launching the Office of Safe Driving Promotional Operations / 1970
1960 - 1969
  1. The Dream CB750 FOUR / 1969The Dream CB750 FOUR / 1969
  2. Launching the Honda 1300 / 1968Launching the Honda 1300 / 1968
  3. The Hondamatic Transmission / 1968The Hondamatic Transmission / 1968
  4. Entering the Auto Market at Last / 1966Entering the Auto Market at Last / 1966
  5. The E300 Portable Generator / 1965The E300 Portable Generator / 1965
  6. Formula One Entry / 1964Formula One Entry / 1964
  7. Kyoto: Celebrating the Company's 15th Anniversary / 1963Kyoto: Celebrating the Company's 15th Anniversary / 1963
  8. Establishing Belgium Honda / 1963Establishing Belgium Honda / 1963
  9. Launching the S360 and T360 / 1962Launching the S360 and T360 / 1962
  10. Employing the Employing the "My Record" Project and Expert Certification / 1960
  11. The R&D Center Goes Independent / 1960The R&D Center Goes Independent / 1960
1950 - 1959
  1. Establishing American Honda Motor Co. / 1959Establishing American Honda Motor Co. / 1959

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