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Old 03-11-19, 01:13 PM
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Default Toyota patents in-car fragrance system that dispenses tear gas on car thieves

Toyota is traditionally a conservative company when it comes to adopting new car technology, which makes this recent patent it filed all the more hilarious. Just like the headline says, the patent includes a system that will release tear gas into the car. The noxious gas is piped in when the vehicle detects an illegitimate engine start. Now if that's not the most metal thing you've seen out of Toyota in a long time (forever?) we're not sure what is.

This section of the patent is part of a larger scheme of patenting a fragrance system similar to Mercedes' where you can choose the scent you want pumped out of the air vents. It's a novel feature that can help cleanse the cabin of any unpleasant odors, but can get annoying with strong and prolonged use. Toyota's system would theoretically be more seamless and personable than anything currently on the market, because it's designed to automatically detect who is getting into the vehicle via their mobile device. It will then dispense that driver's preferred fragrance.

In this patent, when you leave your Toyota, a deodorizer turns on, making sure the scent is neutral for whoever may climb aboard the vehicle next. This ensures nobody will be walking into a car with a fragrance they may find repulsive or unattractive. How nice of Toyota, right? Hopefully the deodorizer is strong enough to neutralize the tear gas if it ever comes to that. Of course, you'll theoretically be wanting the tear gas to continue preventing the would-be thief for however long is necessary.

It truly is a new way of thinking in the fight against carjackers. Smoking them out with blinding tear gas would likely keep anybody from being able to drive your car away. However, an automatic park lockout seems like the next logical step to make sure a more perseverant thief doesn't try to drive away completely blinded in your Toyota anyway. But why should we be thinking logically when it comes to James Bond-like car features to begin with? Patents with outlandish ideas like this one rarely get implemented, so don't count on this ever actually happening.

Still, we're all for great new ways to prevent car theft, but here's another tried-and-true method, Toyota: manual transmissions.
https://www.autoblog.com/2019/03/11/...as-anti-theft/
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Wonder how much more it costs to insure such a car? It's like when you have certain breeds of dogs you have to tell the insurance carrier.
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What can go wrong....?
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Is it April already?
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Haha, pretty awesome idea. I know the interior of the car will be trashed, but still awesome.
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Recently I drove away in the LS430 and forgot the key, and the car said no key detected or something....I wonder when/if the vehicle would shut off....I turned around to get the key (it was in a jacket but then I put the jacket back inside after starting the vehicle)...imagine if the car had the spray...
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I just hope the tear gas will not be realeased by accident. Would be a very bad customer experience.
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Originally Posted by Benoit View Post
I just hope the tear gas will not be realeased by accident. Would be a very bad customer experience.
Airbags don't typically go off by accident. Seat-belt tensioning devices don't typically go off by accident. I'd imagine if this actually made its way to production cars, it would be incorporated in a similar fashion to airbags and what not, but I really don't see this coming to market. At least in the US. In certain parts of the world I'd imagine this would be helpful. It's a great theft-deterrent system more than anything.
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