A recent application filed for technological trademarks by Toyota suggests that future customers will soon enjoy nifty in-car gadgets. This application is seen as a way for the Japanese auto firm to potentially increase their appeal towards tech-savvy consumers and also at the same time, to keep up with its rivals.
A total of two trademarks were filed. First, a touch sensitive dashboard known as the "Intellitouch" and lastly, a wireless charging system for mobile devices known as the "EBIN".
Touch sensitive displays are nothing new. Ford has their MyFord Touch System since 2010 and Cadillac has its CUE System. Toyota might go a step further than the above mentioned automakers and build a full touch sensitive dashboard for future models.
The Intellitouch system will likely be used in conjunction with similar Toyota patent filings, including one called a "Reconfigurable Tactile Control System Display", which could give drivers multiple options for dash display setup. Knobs and buttons may soon vanish entirely from the centre console area.
The second trademark application details a system called "EBIN" that was described as storage containers with built in inductive battery charges for handheld electronic devices. In short, EBIN will provide drivers with a specific storage spot for their mobile electronics that will also allow for wireless charging.
Toyota has not revealed when we will see these two technologies introduced and also on which models will they be featured on first.
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