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Car Smells

New car or old car smells, they can evoke everything from nostalgia and the delight of newness, all the way down to dread.

And especially if you are getting a cab or ride-hailing service…its that moment of expectation before you jump into that Uber or Grab, what is this trip going to smell like?

Fresh? that’s ok.
Sanitized? that’s ok too (the more its smells of Dettol the better?)
But then we get to funky food smells, exotic fruits and cough cough….gaseous excretions from trapped burps or even – shudder – farts.
According to Chris Tsui at The Drive magazine, “Cars consist of an extremely complex mix of materials. The plastic that adorns interiors, the compounds that make up brake pads, the weirdly-colored chemicals and fluids that keep it all running smoothly, etc. They all have a distinct smell.”
In fact many automobile manufacturers and dealerships have started to invest in the olfactory element of their customer experience.
Audi, for instance, has an entire “Nose Team” dedicated to keeping its vehicles smelling nice and luxurious.
How does your ride smell? Any stories of love, hate or despair? Feel free to share…

Ford Files Patent Application to Single Out Smelly Ride-Hailing Vehicles

Ford Patent Application

According to a patent application, Ford is working on a solution to identify, categorize and compute odors found emanating from your ride share.

Ford’s system would use an environmental sensor to determine the nature of the odors inside a vehicle and would compare those odors and their concentrations to a list of thresholds set by the ride-hailing customer. For example, I have zero tolerance for Black Ice air fresheners, so if I call for a car and the sensor detects that chemical profile in the car it wants to send to me, it’ll change up.

Seriously, how would this ever actually work? Smells are so subjective and contextual. Intensity sure, that we can understand, its like a volume switch, but the rest of it? This patent application is at best a method to turn what exotic flavors remain in this world into plain vanilla.

Its a braven new world out there peeps!

-Ed

Full piece reported on here – https://www.cnet.com/news/coronavirus-car-buyers-ride-sharing-public-transport/

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