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Foil Car Thieves Using Only Your Backside

There are almost as many products on the market to prevent car theft as there are cars. What all of them have in common is making a loud noise, right? Which is supposed to scare off the potential thief and save your property? But given the rate of car thefts, I’m going to go out on a limb and say they don’t always work. But what if there was a way to prevent your car being stolen because of your butt? I am not making this up.

Researchers at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology (AIIT) in Japan have developed a car seat that identifies you based on the size, shape and weight of your rear end. Where this becomes security for your car is that the car won’t start if the person sitting in the driver’s seat is not you or one of the other people you’ve programmed in as being allowed to drive it. Which means even if you’ve been a bonehead and left your keys in the ignition, your car will not start, and the potential thief will be unable to drive it away. The risk you run, however, is that they’ll be so angry they destroy the car, or strip it down. But then that could happen anyway.

The major issue seems to be that the technology (there are 360 different sensors retrofitted into the seat) is accurate 98 percent of the time. Which means two percent of the time you’ll find yourself unable to start your own car. I guess you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it or not. This is still a concept at the moment, but AIIT is hoping to bring it to vehicles within the next two to three years. Maybe by that time they’ll get it to 100% reliability.

Source: Gizmag

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