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Clarity Research ATV Owner Survey Invitation

30 potential features that could be offered on a future ATV.

Color Display w/ Smartphone Interface

Using Bluetooth connection, vehicle display will mirror smart phone for access to navi and other limited applications.

Electric Vehicle


Powered by electric motor with rechargeable batteries instead of a conventional gas engine.

Four Wheel Steering

All four wheels of the vehicle are turned during steering to improve stability of turning at high speed and reduce turn radius at low speed.

Data Logger

Record, analyze, and share ride information including distance traveled, speed, throttle opening, vehicle angle, lap timer, etc.

Performance Character Modes

User-selectable modes that vary power and handling character to suit specific terrain and usage (Dirt, Sand, Snow, Comfort, Sport, etc.).

Torque Vectoring

Electronic system that distributes power to independent wheels to increase cornering performance.

Height Adjustable Suspension

Driver can adjust vehicle ride height to improve ground clearance, handling, ease of loading, mud-bogging performance, etc.

Electric Boost Motor

An additional electric motor to boost performance of the gas engine for increased acceleration and power.

Idle Stop

Improves fuel economy and range by automatically shutting down and restarting the engine in stop and go situations.

Active Handling Package

System improves handling character by adjusting suspension, steering, and vehicle rigidity settings based on sensor input.

Smart Key

Engine can be started with the push of a button while the key remains in the rider’s pocket, digitally coded key reduces possibility of theft.

Tire Pressure Control

Allows the rider to monitor and adjust tire pressure electronically, including to fill a flat.

Detachable Handlebar Headlight

Handlebar mounted headlight is detachable and can be used like a flashlight.

Vehicle Tracking System

Vehicle to vehicle communication system that alerts driver of on-coming vehicles and locational information of other vehicles in the group.

Standardized Attachment System

Universal connection system to make application and removal of accessories faster and easier.

Adjustable Ergonomics

Multi-directional adjustability of seat, handlebars, and footpegs.

"Follow Me" Mode


Vehicle automatically follows a person with a wearable transponder at a specified distance.

Exhaust Mode Selection

Button that allows driver to select various performance and noise settings based on exhaust valve opening.

GPS Anti-Theft

Theft deterrent system allows the owner to track the location of the vehicle at all times using smart phone.

Vehicle Range

Provides an estimated number of miles remaining before the fuel tank is empty.

Active Rollover Protection

When an impending rollover is detected, the system applies brakes at specific wheels to reduce the likelihood of the rollover occurring.

Diagnostic / Maintenance System

System notifies the driver when maintenance is suggested and provides detailed information about any problems with the vehicle.

Temperature Comfort Package

System improves comfort at various temperatures with heated/ventilated seats, heated grips, and leg area heater.

Hill Start Assist

When stopped on a hill, brakes are automatically applied to keep the vehicle from rolling before the operator applies throttle.

Emergency Response

Button calls for help in the event of a serious crash.

Wi-Fi Hotspot

Integrated cellular antenna that provides improved reception for riders in remote areas and connectivity services such as internet-powered apps and emergency response.

Comment to Clarity from LaPue: Honda has earned its great reputation due to simplicity and durability of design. While I appreciate this is just research, it makes me appreciate the machine I have, and hopefully I will not have to upgrade to a new machine with a bunch of irrelevant features that make it yet more complex. The goal is to ride, not sit on a traveling couch with air conditioned coffee machines.
 

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All of that sounds like the ATV's of the future are going to be even more under powered due to carrying unnecessary weight. The anti theft tracking device is the best option on that list in my opinion.
What they should be offering is a 750cc Muscle machine, they've perfected every other model for most users but don't offer a truly powerful machine.
 

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I must be old, I don't want most of them things on any ATv I have LOL
I want simple not more gadgets!
I rather a brand new 1999 -2003 like , 450 foreman foot shift ,
than one with all that above on it!
NOT that all things are bad
I just mean, I rather simple
seems to me, folks are just getting way to dependent on gadgets today

If I had to have some other options to a OLDER atv, it would be a larger fuel tank for more range, a HI/LOW range transfer case, come stock on 26 inch tires ( a switchable on/off locker for the front)and geared to correct for the larger one's
a little more HP wouldn;'t hurt, but I'm OK with what they have if not! for what I do with an atv!
NO digital NOTHING, Simple!
and I'd bet they would sell a LOT of them too!
 

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I must be old, I don't want most of them things on any ATv I have LOL
I want simple not more gadgets!
I rather a brand new 1999 -2003 like , 450 foreman foot shift ,
than one with all that above on it!
NOT that all things are bad
I just mean, I rather simple
seems to me, folks are just getting way to dependent on gadgets today

If I had to have some other options to a OLDER atv, it would be a larger fuel tank for more range, a HI/LOW range transfer case, come stock on 26 inch tires ( a switchable on/off locker for the front)and geared to correct for the larger one's
a little more HP wouldn;'t hurt, but I'm OK with what they have if not! for what I do with an atv!
NO digital NOTHING, Simple!
and I'd bet they would sell a LOT of them too!

Not to old mrbb, I don't want all that junk either, it's pointless on an ATV and proven on cars/trucks that it doesn't work anyway!
 
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You forgot one, High Power Engine Technology: Increases engine power through technologies such as turbo/supercharging, direct injection, variable valve timing, etc.
 

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45,000 confirmed ?! Naw , mine does more then what i need, i can find a better investment for that kinda money, to grow, gadgets break, I'm old school like some of the guys here n only 28 hp for 1500 lbs , and a electric motor ? Lol did that full blown idiot duffus al gore help design this junk ? Haha! Give me a gas engine anytime......n four wheel steering ? On a quad ? REALLY ??!! Over kill IMO tire pressure system ? Plain dumb , the guys who designed this mess most be smart phone addicts...i don't don't want anything that mechanical computerised following me..... All this does is seem to take ALL the fun out riding..., i wouldn't have this junk! , i emagine honda just messed up with this quad, kinda makes me sick/angry they went from designing good to fair and now this messed up four wheel rolling computer....I'll add this if honda wants to build a better quality good selling machine, then all they have to do is ask the guys here! Sorry for the rant, but this one bothers me, a smart quad ? Sheesh! Honda just got a strike from me!

I,d like to hear what shady fish wheeler cman goober manny and others thinks......
 

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45,000 confirmed ?! Naw , mine does more then what i need, i can find a better investment for that kinda money, to grow, gadgets break, I'm old school like some of the guys here n only 28 hp for 1500 lbs , and a electric motor ? Lol did that full blown idiot duffus al gore help design this junk ? Haha! Give me a gas engine anytime......n four wheel steering ? On a quad ? REALLY ??!! Over kill IMO tire pressure system ? Plain dumb , the guys who designed this mess most be smart phone addicts...i don't don't want anything that mechanical computerised following me..... All this does is seem to take ALL the fun out riding..., i wouldn't have this junk! , i emagine honda just messed up with this quad, kinda makes me sick/angry they went from designing good to fair and now this messed up four wheel rolling computer....I'll add this if honda wants to build a better quality good selling machine, then all they have to do is ask the guys here! Sorry for the rant, but this one bothers me, a smart quad ? Sheesh! Honda just got a strike from me!

I,d like to hear what shady fish wheeler cman goober manny and others thinks......
I personally think, its NOT about taking the FUN out of things, its more about making things so NO skill is needed to drive them
its like cars with auto parking and lane alerts and turning lights and wipers on automatically
its making folks NOT need any skills to do things
and in the process, if you ask me, its making people dumber LOL
Smart this or that,
SURE isn;t helping humans get any smarter, just the opposite if you ask me
 

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Yeah i get your point, and i completely agree, this kinda smart technology design on certain things machines etc ..... Does no good for humans , it's become a dumb world, when it comes to things like this, this means one doesn't have to pay attention to auto emergency braking on cars << saw that watched the ticketing haha! as for me ? I think I'll keep my eyes n the road......and off the phone!

I'll wait for others to read the string, don't wont to bump it too far, LOL
 

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I figure a James Bond version.... The detachable handle bar head light , they should made that a standard on ALL fwd models.
 

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I don't want any more electronic stuff--in fact I want less. The speedometer/tripmeter is plenty enough. I like that new ATVs have independent front and rear suspension, disk brakes and bigger engine

battery powered ATV I wanna see
 

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This is a good place to voice your opinion. The survey from Clarity for Honda just shows that they are considering lots of options, but listening to what we really want. There is no telling what they will actually do, but now is the time to hear some real opinions.

Seems that a computer on-board is likely part of the equation. "Follow me" mode would be great! I could put 200 stakes in the quad trailer, survey along, and just whistle and the darn thing would come to me. I wouldn't have to walk backwards anymore. Or I could shoot that Mastodon and just whistle and the quad and trailer would just show up.
 

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Menard_LaPue,

First, nice post and agree with others, a glimpse of the "possible" future. I must admit, the post reminds me of what occurred in vehicles over the past 30 years, many electronics, hybrids, etc., and one could argue vehicles are far better today vs. 30 years ago. Obviously, some people may see it differently, but there is no question vehicles today are very different when you look at the level of electronics vs. those 30 years ago and I would not want to see that level of complexity come to ATV's. In the case of ATV's, I personally think the "market place" will not allow it to happen quite the way some engineer envisions. As an example, Polaris can't give away (well may they could give it away, LOL), the electric Polaris Rangers vs. a full line of high end, high horsepower seat ripping units, so I see the market place dictating this outcome.
 

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I guess if you want some electronic gizmos to do all the work for you. So you can tell your fellow snowflakes that you're a hard core atv rider, and that makes you giggle and fart at the same time, more power to you..
 

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All those gadgets and modern technologies will cost $$$$ not just to buy but to repair as well. The electric powered part is a little outrageous, why bother, why not just make an all electric ATV..?
I dont understand why Honda are trying to make an ATV into a computer on wheels, they should concentrate on user demand, what people want, not what people already have.
My car has most of those gadgets, I don't use half of them in that either! Lol.

As I said earlier, a muscle machine would be ideal and then a big list of optional extras for new ATV's such as, heated seat and grips, high and low t-box, storage options, snorkels, spot lights, tyre & wheel options etc etc.
 
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