Honda Intelligent Community Vehicle System
Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ was prepared by the Honda Motor
Company and appears in their ICVS brochure
Q 1 . What is the convenience of ICVS ?
Al. ICVS will offer a means of transportation for
everybody in the city. A vehicle returned to an ICVS port is
soon available to another user. This transportation system
will enable truly convenient transportation for everyday
needs and be accessible from any ICVS port.
Q2. Will privately-owned cars become unnecessary with
A2. ICVS is convenient for the transportation of one or
two people within the same community while ordinary
privately-owned cars are suitable for long range or group
transportation with luggage. With ICVS, we can use different
kinds of vehicles for different needs and purposes.
Q3. What are the advantages to be gained by using ICVS
compared to privately-owned cars?
A3. Since ICVS vehicles are to be shared among people in
the same community, the costs to be paid by each user for
parking lot rental and car maintenance will be less than
those for privately-owned cars. In addition, ICVS users do
not have to spend their time on car maintenance.
Q4. Could the advent of ICVS vehicles intensify traffic
congestion in the city?
A4. ICVS aims for the efficient use of vehicles. If we
replace the cars currently being used in the city for private
and business needs with ICVS vehicles, we can decrease the
number of vehicles needed in the community. We can thus
decrease the number of improperly parked cars and ease
Q5. Will we have to build large-sized ICVS ports to
accommodate many ICVS vehicles?
A5. Being very compact, a number of ICVS vehicles can be
parked closely in a small space. For example, four Step Decks
can be parked in a space required to park an ordinary car. ln
other words, we can effectively use the limited spaces
available in our communities as ICVS ports.
Q6. What will happen when many people want to use ICUS
vehicles at the same time?
A6. We will build an appropriate number of ICVS
ports(parking lots used exclusively for ICVS) in appropriate
locations, and will distribute an adequate number of vehicles
to each port, carefully considering when and where users are
concentrated. ICVS aims at a truly efficient operation with
the number of vehicles used and waiting time held to a
Q7. What is the difference between ICVS and the existing
A7. With the existing car-rental system, fees are
usually set by the hour and you have to tell how long you
plan to use the car in advance. With ICVS, on the other hand,
you will be charged each time you use a vehicle according to
the distance covered or hours used.
Last modified: September 12, 1998