Toyota Patents Device To Catch Items Falling Between Seats

Automakers are always patenting interesting ideas their engineers may dream up and this latest creation from Toyota could be the long-awaited solution to a problem that affects pretty much every motorist.

The gap between the driver’s seat and center console is nearly impossible to reach down, especially for someone with big hands, yet seems to always be the place where miscellaneous items fall into and are difficult to retrieve, whether that be a smartphone, coins or pretty much anything else you may keep in your pockets.

To solve the issues, Toyota has filed a patent application with the US Patent & Trademark Office for what it creatively calls an ‘under seat capture device’.

The device incorporates a chute that sits between the seat and center console and utilizes an actuator that changes the angle of the chute, allowing any objects it may capture to gracefully slide to a compartment directly under the seats.

There’s no indication if the Japanese automaker intends on bringing this life-saving piece of convenience to the market but we have our fingers crossed it does.

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  • Blade t

    Not much to see here….

    • Bo Hanan

      They can help me find the penny that fell out of my pocket two days ago but they won’t up the power in the FRS…

  • IT’S HARD ENOUGH TO VACUUM OUT THE CRAP FROM UNDER THE SEATS NOW YOU HAVE TO FIGURE HOW TO GET OVERSIZED CAR WASH VAC ATTACHMENTS TO VACUUM THEM OUT TOO.

  • Rasta_Farian

    Um, didn’t the VW Phaeton have such a thing between the seats and the center console to catch falling items? All cars should have such a think, imho…

  • ErnieB

    How about they patent better looking cars

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      They’ll have to start designing them first!

  • europeon

    There are countless listing on ebay and Amazon of such “devices” that fill the gaps between the seats, making small objects easier to recover.

    • ALSO ADVERTISED ON TV.

  • KidRed

    This is stupid, just add some material to the top section to PREVENT ITEMS from even falling into the cracks in the first place! lol, so lame.

    I know a luxury car has had this feature for years, Mercedes or BMW maybe-can’t recall, but they had a gap filler from the factory at one point.