Apple’s patent app details sophisticated in-vehicle navigation system

“On March 26, 2009, the US Patent & Trademark Office published one of Apple’s patent applications addressing a new in-vehicle navigation system which could either be in the form of a hardwired or mobile device,” Jack “Neo” Purcher reports for MacNN.

“A mobile device is noted in the form of an iPhone, iPod touch or a new tablet computer which has yet to surface. The integration of very sophisticated sensory technologies specific to in-vehicle functions, such as vehicle motion sensors or a seat-belt specific sensor, assures us that Apple is working diligently with many of the car companies in North America and abroad,” Purcher reports.

“It also would suggest that future vehicles will allow for easy iPhone dashboard integration, the likes yet unseen. The proposed navigation system would also implement advanced biometrics to confirm whether the driver, passenger or stranger is attempting to access the system. In safety mode, the navigation system could lock out functions such as text messaging, web browsing and so forth while the vehicle is in motion. Lastly, the future navigation system will also allow for hands free voice command functionality to chart a new vehicle route or to either call out or answer an incoming phone call,” Purcher reports.

Much more in the full article, including potential implementations and patent illustrations, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Carl H.” for the heads up.]

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