Toyota has filed a patent for a system that can fill a car cabin with a custom scent based on a personal profile of the driver, or release an immobilizing tear gas if it detects someone trying to steal the car. The pressurized canister can be integrated into the ventilation system to be released should the car be stolen. Toyota has not yet announced plans to introduce the system in any production cars.
Someone at Toyota must have studied at Hogwarts.
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Among a number of electric and autonomous vehicle concepts that the automaker unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show this week was a broom. That you ride. Like a witch.
The electric “mobility platform” features a wheel at the bottom of a stick with a fringe around that makes it look like a broom.
Based on a demonstration, it’s meant to be used to propel someone wearing roller skates (and futuristic clothing).
Toyota said that it “integrates people and machines, allowing users to reaffirm the enjoyment of mobility.”
Visitors to the show can try it out, so don’t be surprised if a high-speed game of Quidditch breaks out on the stand.