Some years ago, an acquaintance of mine was interested in creating a secure, quickly accessible box or holster of some kind for carrying a handgun in his car for personal protection. He has long since passed away, but other people have had similar ideas, and the recently announced Car ABDO just might be what my pal had imagined. I’ve had a look at this thing and, frankly, it’s pretty clever.

The Car ABDO is the latest product from the ABDO folks at European American Armory (EAA). ABDO, whose name is taken from the Latin verb “to conceal,” develops products such as the Smart ABDO, a personal gun safe featuring smart technology. Somebody can actually connect a Wi-Fi or cell phone network to this safe and monitor it literally from anywhere on the planet. It can be tracked, locked or unlocked by remote and provide updates on its status.

The Car ABDO takes this one step further by making it mountable in an automobile. It’s got GPS tracking capabilities, and there a key fob locking mechanism provides quick access when the key is within range, according to ABDO literature. If the key then moves away, the unit relocks. While “clever” may not adequately describe it for millennials, it sounds good to old guys like me.