If Fido can distinguish people and other pooches by their backsides, why not a seat? When students at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo, Japan asked that question, they came up with a car seat fitted with 360 sensors that makes a map of the pressure applied by your posterior. Among the six rumps tested, the seat was 98 percent accurate at sorting one from another.

The ultimate aim is to work with automakers to develop an anti-theft solution that would be available in the next few years. With such a small testing pool, it's too early to start asking the difficult questions about real-world viability (especially when you start to factor in things like different articles of clothing, Costanza wallets, and so on), but we have a feeling this kind of technology will find an application somewhere.


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      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Won't work on a Kardashian.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      This idea stinks.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      First thing that came to my mind reading this was the "dat ass" meme on the nav screen of the car as a person is sitting down.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      american asses will overload the system.
      Doug
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just nobody lose any weight or else your car will think it's being stolen!
      thealzabo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't know about anti-theft, but it would be kind of awesome if your car could automatically adjust the seat to your favorite setting when you sat down.
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      "sorry can't make it to the gym today, my car won't start because I lost some weight and toned my butt" IRONY STRIKES
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      and the seat goes..... "Oh, my, gawd! Becky, look at her butt. It is so big. *scoff* She looks like, one of those rap guys' girlfriends."
      Car Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't new technology. Pressure mats with pattern recognition have been around for years to detect occupant sizes when the frontal crash standards were enhanced in the early 2000's.
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      Under the guise of the Patriot Act, would federal agents be able to identify and pull over those with the finest ass? ;D
      BMW ROCKS!
      • 3 Years Ago
      put gas analyzer for better acuracy
        Dipstick!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BMW ROCKS!
        Still doesn't make it any more accurate. If I wanted to hack into my cousin's car, I just put on some weight and have burritos for breakfast.
      Turbopok
      • 3 Years Ago
      why cant they use thumbprints as the form of identification instead?
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