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Fold-over-wheel car seat

When you engage the car's security system, the driver's seat folds over the steering wheel.
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There are already cars out there with seats that automatically adjust when different registered drivers use the car. What if when the security system was activated, the driver's seat automatically folded forward and locked over the steering wheel. Nowhere for a thief to sit whil they try and hot-wire the car or bypass the security system. Break the seat like you can break a club lock and you don't have a seat to drive from. When the driver returns, they just press a button on their RF remote and the seat returns to their programmed position.
Krisjohn, Jun 13 2005

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       Clever idea +
bristolz, Jun 13 2005
  

       Nice.
st3f, Jun 13 2005
  

       WTAGIPBAN
hidden truths, Jun 13 2005
  

       Brilliant.
moomintroll, Jun 13 2005
  

       Catch-a-thief mode: Wait until the theft is in progress, then pin the thief to the steering wheel (or under the dash). +
Shz, Jun 13 2005
  

       I have to ask [hidden truths]. what does WTAGIPBAN stand for?
Susan, Jun 13 2005
  

       wasn't that a good (great?) initial post by a newbie (wrong, see below) or something like that. I think [krelnik] started it as a way to track them, to try and squash a myth of the HB regulars being unfairly hard on newbies. By it's being here this idea can show up in a filtered view to see them all together.
oxen crossing, Jun 13 2005
  

       How acronomical. This is a pretty good idea. More and more cars are supplied with all manner of motors and drives in the seats, so this might be an extension of existing functionality. Also, higher-end models have the "memory" fixture for seat positions, so this supports the idea. I bunned it. Only drawback would be lawyers salivating for the first malfunction while driving.
crater, Jun 13 2005
  

       Thanks. It was my mother's idea. ^_^   

       My first idea was a geeky compression thing...
Krisjohn, Jun 14 2005
  

       Well, if the car thief was IN the seat when it moved to fold over the wheel, that would be a form of compression, no?
bristolz, Jun 14 2005
  

       [krelnik] said awhile back that it stands for "Wasn't That A Great Idea Posted By A Newbie"... I think its like, 12 or more positive votes.

Oh, and +
ghillie, Jun 14 2005
  

       Bun for you. (and your Mum)
energy guy, Jun 14 2005
  

       Coincidently, last week I thought I'd broke my mates gf's car. I was sat in the back of her new 206, and when I went to get out I pushed what I thought was the seat release lever and the seat sprung forward, jamming itself onto the steering wheel, and much to my annoyance, the horn. Took us (me and my mate) a good 5 minutes to realise we had no idea how to pull it back, and then his gf came back and pulled it back with ease.   

       To cut a long story short (Which quite obviously, I haven't).. excellent idea Krisjohn :P
kuupuuluu, Jun 14 2005
  

       Maybe the headrest could push down on the horn to alert people nearby of the attempted theft
shinobi, Jun 14 2005
  

       Great one. Too good for the halfbakery.   

       If they break the seat hinge to continue the theft, you could add a canister of the flourescent paint that explodes to coat everything.
sophocles, Jun 15 2005
  

       The Halfbakery is on its feet. I thought from the title that this would be about a way to add an additional seat, like a childseat ... however,   

       This ain't bad at all.
reensure, Jun 15 2005
  

       As I interpret this, the seat base is moved closer to the wheel but the seat back is tilted forward and locked in the forward position with the upper portion of the back over the top of the steering wheel rim and the headrest also tilted forward and locked all the way over--in essence, curled over--the rim completely.   

       There'd be no place for even the skinniest person in the world to sit.
bristolz, Jun 15 2005
  

       Might be possible but my concern in implementing this would be the physics of a crash. With shoulder belts often built into the seatback, they undergo huge force loads in wrecks which require the seat to be just the right strength--not too floppy, not too stiff. Doing that with a complicated seat tilt-away mechanism could be a real fight. Bun anyways.
RayfordSteele, Jun 15 2005
  

       But don't such carefully engineered seats already exist in 2+2's, coupes?
bristolz, Jun 15 2005
  

       ...and little old-granny shopping cars, like mine. [+]
david_scothern, Dec 30 2005
  

       IF you've got a higher end model, can't you just set up moving the seat all the way forward as one "driver's" position.   

       If you don't I've had good success doing this with two door models. It also suggests to potential thieves that there are three or more people who may come back at any time, which is a bit of a deterrent in it's own right.
ye_river_xiv, Sep 30 2007
  
      
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