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Automatic Tailgate / Hands-Free Liftgate/Boot

The rear door of a car can be called many things, depending on where you’re from – trunk lid, boot lid, tailgate, liftgate…they all refer to the door to access the luggage compartment at the rear of the car.

A handsfree tailgate allows you to open it without needing to touch the car in any way.

All you need to do to open the door is wave your foot under the rear bumper of the car and the door will automatically open itself – perfect for when you have a full load of groceries or are simply feeling lazy.

The system works by detecting the key in your pocket or bag in close proximity to the door which lets the system know it’s safe to open.

The first hands-free systems forced you to just guess, or get to know where the point you needed to wave your foot was, but most modern systems are starting to project the car logo on the ground at the position where you need to wave your foot to make things easier.

Some minivans with sliding side doors now also offer the same system for the side doors.