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Driver’s Weight Sensors -- April Fool's Day, 1989
BMW unveiled a "significant advance in anti-theft technology" — Driver's Weight Sensors:

"DWS stands for Driver's Weight Sensor. A unique system that compares the driver's weight with a pre-programmed value stored in the sensor's computer memory...
The sensor weight reading is then compared to the programmed weight in the memory, and provided this falls to within ±5%, the car will start normally.



If, however, the figure exceeds these tolerances, then a discreet gong sounds, and the entire ignition system is shut down."
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Interested readers were urged to contact Hugh Phelfrett at BMW.


April Fool Categories: Technology, Cars, Corporations, 1989, Loof Lirpa, BMW.
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