A flick of the wrist and the door slides
Use the Force (of high-tech) to open your van
Kick-open tailgates are becoming more common on even lesser trims of crossover these days, but Honda is playing one-up with the heavily refreshed version of the Japan-market Odyssey minivan. Wave to open sliding doors.
We don’t care all that much about the rest of the JDM Honda Odyssey, even in this top-spec Absolute trim (though that would be massively cooler than Touring, Honda Canada), as it’s packing a CVT and a four-cylinder that do not offset the strangely appealing giant grille styling.
What we do care about is that new gesture control power slide door. Power sliding doors are the norm on minivans now, but they usually require you figuring out which of the nine keyfob buttons is the right one for the door you’re trying to open. You’ll get it wrong, every time. We promise.
With the new Oddy, a sensor is lit up in the bottom of the door glass. All you need to do is wave your hand toward the rear of the van and that door will open. Go the opposite way and the door closes. Press the lock button before you swipe and the door will lock automatically once you’ve closed it.
Will this feature come here? We sure hope so. After all, not actually touching anything seems to be peak 2020. Gesture control for your audio, kick-open for your hatch, and wave-open for your sliding doors. And even without hygiene concerns (since this is a minivan and we’re pretty sure they come with old milk and crushed Cheerios from the factory), waving at your van to open it like Darth Vader handling someone who owes him money is bound to be one of the coolest things you can do to or around your car for a while.