Development and Evolution of Riding Simulator
Simulator for Motorcycles Realistically Reproducing Actual Drive
for the First Time in the World.
Given the company philosophy of "Respect for humanity", Honda has positioned safety as one of the most important assignments and actively tackled with the spread of driver education and needless to say also the hardware aspects of vehicles. The development of riding simulators was started in 1988 for the purpose of safely experiencing on simulators, critical situations over the roads to enable drivers to correctly understand the process. After repeated improvement in subsequent years, mass production was started in 1996. In 2001, the second-generation simulator was developed aiming at further spread of safe driving.
Motorcycle safety education has been given mostly through the courses of practical techniques and lectures. Therefore, a rider may hesitate at times when facing actual hazardous situations first time on the roads, after obtaining license without sufficiently experiencing real traffic environments. The development of riding simulators was started, setting goals at "having people safely experience on simulators hazardous situations on the road", simulating the basic functions of motorcycles, the motions of "drive", "turn" and "stop" for the "training of skills". With the revision of motorcycle licensing system in 1996, the simulators acquired the form authorization as a teaching material for training purposes and fully utilized and highly evaluated in driving schools across the country. The goals for low costs, application to scooters and lightweight and compact size were achieved in the second-generation model developed in 2001 to help improve educational functions.