Use your butt as a car key

Are you tired of carrying around your keys but still want some security to protect against car theft? Well, the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo has the solution for you! TechCrunch reports that the Japanese company has invented a car seat that contains 360 sensors that are able to determine the angle, pressure, area of contact, and other inputs from the person in the driver’s seat in order to identify the owner. If the butt on the seat doesn’t match the butt of the authorized driver, the car refuses to turn on.

The question is whether this is solving an actual problem. While this may prevent a stranger from taking your keys and driving away in your Camry, we’d think that a determined thief will be able to bypass this countermeasure the same as they currently bypass engine shutoffs, alarms, and the like. In addition, the technology reports only a 98% accuracy rating during experiments. While on the surface this sounds impressive, if you drive your car to work 250 days a year, expect to be late five times. There’s also the case of people in cold climate who bundle up for winter. Will the sensors work properly when trying to read your backside through three or four layers of clothing?

Overall, we’re not convinced that this technology will ever catch on in this fashion, but the research team is hoping to work together with automobile manufacturers and mass-produce a product within three years. Maybe it’s time to start our New Year’s resolution early so that we’re not as embarrassed by our butt scans…

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the seat comes with optional accessories for added security. a slot for male driver and a tongue for female driver.

Might work in Japan but I dont think this would work in the USA as it is the most Obese nation on the planet. There butts are to big over there lol.

Hahaha. Very funny Title.

Now I wonder if you have a fart waiting for it to be unleashed.... Will that change the seat's pressure?

What if someone else needs to drive the car like a friend or something if you've been drinking?

I can see it now.... "Well officer I had to sit on his lap to drive cause his ass tells the car to let me start it up".

Many years ago BMW did an April fool joke similar to this. The car seat registered your weight and wouldn't start if you were too heavy or light.

There's a flaw in the design. It means no one else can use my car.


I would need to butt-start it, for him to drive it!

ncc50446 said,
Yes, but can it be fooled by a picture of the owners butt?

This trolling make no sense at all as this doesnt take a picture like Android's face tracker.

Completely unneccesary

wonder what their game plan is when the owner needs to be rushed to the hospital and is incapable of driving?

Or, a single car with multiple operators?

Just one more computerized thing to break and make it harder to use your car. I've had to disable several of the computerized "safety features" in my car because they're annoying.

Gerowen said,
I've had to disable several of the computerized "safety features" in my car because they're annoying.

Such as what? Did you tell your insurance company that you've disabled built-in safety features?

casper2 said,
I see the future of the model after this one it'll be farting to use brakes and ****ing to use gas peddle.

Nah, it'll be a stain detector to detect oncoming collisions.

casper2 said,
I see the future of the model after this one it'll be farting to use brakes and ****ing to use gas peddle.

well atleast the fast food industry would get a boost in sales , especially exican food..

casper2 said,
I see the future of the model after this one it'll be farting to use brakes and ****ing to use gas peddle.

Adds a whole new meaning to skidmarks!

Stupidest thing I think I have ever heard.... What if I work out and lose a lot of weight? I am sure you can change the preset...

Why don't they just use a fingerprint sensor? I am sure one wouldn't be that expensive to implement (cheaper than a butt sensor)... my phone even has one.

And I am sure you could for example have several sets of finger prints in the system for multiple drivers.

the worst part would have to change your butt profile every few years as you gain weight... dont think this will catch on with ladies

Lachlan said,
the worst part would have to change your butt profile every few years as you gain weight... dont think this will catch on with ladies

LAWL!

New joke: Yo mama's so fat she can't start the car!!!

Lachlan said,
the worst part would have to change your butt profile every few years as you gain weight...dont think this will catch on with ladies

Then have the seat designed with a "fart-o-meter". Your fart smells won't change. Oh wait...maybe they will.

Lachlan said,
the worst part would have to change your butt profile every few years as you gain weight... dont think this will catch on with ladies

HAHAH great comment

Mouettus said,

LAWL!

New joke: Yo mama's so fat she can't start the car!!!

so many girls would be to proud to change the butt image that they would either sit their for like 20 minutes wiggling their bums trying to start the car or they would just buy a new car ever few years

Lachlan said,
the worst part would have to change your butt profile every few years as you gain weight... dont think this will catch on with ladies

ROFL!