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Apple patents a steering wheel remote

By PetrolHead on 22 May 2012

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An Apple patent has been making rounds around the internet which shows a steering-wheel-mounted remote control. Recovering Apple patents is not uncommon and any gadget fan knows Apple likes experimentation. Interestingly this was among 21 patents that were granted to Apple this week.

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As you can see it looks like a typical Apple clickwheel that we are familiar with and looks similar in size to an iPod shuffle. With reference to the technical diagrams, the remote can be clamped to the steering wheel and operate any idevice using the car entertainment screen.

There have been many who have looked at using in-car screens to mirror smartphone displays, and looks like Apple (being Apple) may be working on something similar as well. The Apple’s remote is touch-sensitive so drivers can operate them without looking down at the wheel.

With a tight fit, the rotating steering wheel and minor bumps from quick-moving hands could knock the remote loose, or leave it sliding around the rim or kicking it off entirely. As mentioned earlier, Apple has thousands of patents and patent applications on file with the U.S. and European Union, and yet only a small fraction end up in production.

As local and federal laws are drafted to enforce "hands free" operation of electronic devices in vehicles, Apple's invention aims to provide their customers with a sound solution. Portable media devices have become an extension to life.

With current in-vehicle entertainment systems, the driver has to take their eyes off the road in order to control the entertainment system or controls of the portable media player. Such distraction can be dangerous and can lead to accidents.

Picture Source: www.patentlyapple.com

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