Can you imagine a world with these oddities around?

Automotive patents and trademarks are a way for automakers and inventors to protect their ideas, inventions, or basically anything that they could think of in terms of car technology and design. This is a way for them to show their innovative minds in making the automotive world a better place.

Several patent and trademark applications have been submitted in the past. In fact, in 2018, Toyota and Ford top the list of the most number of patent applications submitted by a marque, with over 2,000 patent applications submitted that year.

However, as you should know by now, not all patented ideas make it into production because, well, some of them are other-worldly, while others are just... weird.

Here's a list of weird automotive patents that – thankfully – never made it into production, as compiled and illustrated by Vanarama. Click through the slideshow and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.