Thursday, September 22, 2005

Automotive Science Marches On!

DETROIT - Suffering from a rash? Drive a Toyota.

That could well be Toyota Motor Corp.’s next slogan, if the world’s second-largest automaker succeeds in offering cars with a medicated cloth seat cover designed to help heal rashes.

“It’s important for us to continue to push this envelope,” Jim Press, president of Toyota’s U.S. division, told the Reuters Autos Summit on Thursday, referring to a host of features being developed to enhance the driving experience.

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Toyota is also looking at a steering wheel that could help diabetics by allowing them to measure their blood sugar levels by simply gripping the wheel.

Taking that a step further, the wheel, in conjunction with other technology, will also be able to gauge a driver’s temperament and blood pressure, adjusting the color of the headlights on the car to warn others of the driver’s mental state.

3 comments:

Andi said...

If they had just developed the rocketpacks and aircars like they were SUPPOSED to for the new millenium, Bill, none of this old fashioned "car" stuff would be necessary.

Bill said...

Yeah. Whatever happened to those. I thought for sure we'd be living like the Jetsons by now.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

People complain, but I don't see any Suck-U-Lators lying on front seats. Do they really want helpful gadgets?