HONDA MOTORCYCLE SCHOOL | A Honda mechanic school is set to use a mechanical keyboard kit from Apple and Google to manufacture a computer that can control the hydraulic pump on a motorcycle engine.
The shop, which has been in operation since 2011, is based in the town of Tainan, on the southern island of Hokkaido, according to a news release from Honda Motor Co., which also operates the Honda Factory in Hombu, the main hub of the production chain.
The company said it expects to start using the kit in the second half of 2019, and plans to sell it as a kit at its own dealerships.
The kit costs about $2,000.
The school is not the only one to use the mechanical keyboard, which allows users to quickly write down commands such as “start up” and “set the speed,” according to the news release.
A Honda dealer in Tainen, which is about 70 miles south of the factory, also has a mechanical tool that enables users to write commands to turn the bike on and off with just one click.
The Japanese automaker said the new mechanical keyboard will be used in the production line of the Honda CR-V, Honda Civic, Honda CRF-V and Honda Fit.
The school is also using the mechanical tool in its existing production line.
In addition to the mechanical keyboards, Honda also plans to use its own software that enables technicians to write code for the hydraulic pumps on the motorcycle.
It said it will sell the software, and will sell it for $300 a month.
The Honda factory in Humboldt, California, will begin selling the new software this summer.