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Apple Patents Smart iPhone Remote for Your Car

By - Source: CNET | B 22 comments

Apple patents technology to fully utilize your car from your i-device.


With the latest line of patents from Apple, it appears as if they are going mobile... well, actually, automobile. To help you understand what the patents could mean for future Apple users, consider the following scenario:

On your way to the computer store to buy the latest tech you saw reviewed on Tom's Hardware, you leave your car in an immensely packed parking garage. On your return, naturally distracted by your brilliant purchase, you forgot where you parked your car. So you whip out your iPhone, which immediately connects to the parking garage's wireless system and pinpoints your car. While approaching, the phone's Bluetooth links up to the car and confirms the identity of the phone and the car. You look for your key, only to realize that you left it in plain sight sitting on your seat... but no problem as you use your iPhone to unlock your car. Once in the driver's seat, you notice that someone has changed your seating position. Instead of trying to get comfortable again, you recall your profile from your iPhone, which then moves the driver's seat and the mirrors to the optimum position for you. Lastly, you use your iPhone to start your car, while also turning on the radio to your favorite station, opening the sunroof, and setting your inbuilt GPS for home.

While all of this sounds lovely, it could still be some time before Apple or any other manufacturer achieves all of this. It is already possible to connect your phone with your car with packages such as Connect2Car, or even using manufacturer's apps, but a level of integration as hinted by Apple's patents would require an enormous amount of corporate cooperation and across-the-board compatibility. Do you think that companies could work together to get something like this idea to work, and would you make extensive use of such features?

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    cats_Paw , April 30, 2013 8:20 AM
    Somebody took your phone: youre screwed.
    Id rather use my brain from time to time...
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    sundragon , April 30, 2013 8:01 AM
    5... 4... 3... 2... 1... Fandroid hate coming your way!
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    wysir , April 30, 2013 8:10 AM
    Ford already has something like this. I don't see this Apple only system going into place. It would seem that Apple would charge motor companies to integrate this technology.
    As well as iMacs being the chosen OS of hackers at hacking conventions... I wouldn't want my vehicle to be hackable or more easily stolen...
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    cats_Paw , April 30, 2013 8:20 AM
    Somebody took your phone: youre screwed.
    Id rather use my brain from time to time...
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    DarkMantle , April 30, 2013 8:25 AM
    "On your return, naturally distracted by your brilliant purchase, you forgot where you parked your car. So you whip out your iPhone, which immediately connects to the parking garage's wireless system and pinpoints your car. While approaching, the phone's Bluetooth links up to the car and confirms the identity of the phone and the car. You look for your key, only to realize that you left it in plain sight sitting on your seat... but no problem as you use your iPhone to unlock your car. Once in the driver's seat, you notice that someone has changed your seating position. Instead of trying to get comfortable again, you recall your profile from your iPhone, which then moves the driver's seat and the mirrors to the optimum position for you. Lastly, you use your iPhone to start your car, while also turning on the radio to your favorite station, opening the sunroof, and setting your inbuilt GPS for home..."
    ... after 5 minutes of driving you notice that was not your car.
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    acadia11 , April 30, 2013 8:42 AM
    Uhmmmm ... this is already available. Apple shouldn't have gotten this patent. Already can start and locate car.
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    arkadi , April 30, 2013 8:49 AM
    patent?! lol good luck with that...
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    spartanmk2 , April 30, 2013 9:18 AM
    While I think it would be cool to control stuff from my smartphone like rolling the back windows down, its still just a gimmick to me.
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    NightLight , April 30, 2013 9:27 AM
    i remember a honda commercial a few months ago that allready had that. these patent people must get a lot of money on the side
  • 6 Hide
    LainP7 , April 30, 2013 9:49 AM
    Cool. So black hats will eventually be able to steal cars via smart phones!
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    bigpinkdragon286 , April 30, 2013 9:58 AM
    I get the impression Apple will expect you to buy the latest higher end car to support their interactivity. Furthermore, as per the article, the people I know that are prone to losing car keys, often lose their phones.
    What about the parents who think it cute to entertain toddlers with iPhones? I can just see the headlines, "Woman crashes car when seat moved on it's own and pushed her into the steering wheel." Perhaps they can hide that behind a slide to unlock, or would that be too easy? (sarcasm)
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    digiex , April 30, 2013 10:19 AM
    Now, I can control your iPhone, lets drive...
    Truly yours, the malware.
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    Connor Olin , April 30, 2013 10:33 AM
    Apple good luck with that, it already available.
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    none12345 , April 30, 2013 11:52 AM
    Stuff like this already exists. Our patent system is such a joke, especially with the first to patent laws today. Doesnt matter if someone did it first, first to patent wins!
    Beyond that this is stupid in the first place. Why should i have to fish out a phone to remember my seat positions. That should be a button on the touch screen of the car. Why should i have to fish out my phone to adjust the windows, that should be a button on the touch screen of the car, etc, etc.
    Beyond that there is the security concern. I would NOT want my car to have a remote start from a phone(and i know this is already out in production cars right now). Or a locating service form a phone. That is just asking for any hacker to have a field day with.
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    SoiledBottom , April 30, 2013 12:09 PM
    Wonder if this was found scribbled on a bar napkin and left on the bar next to a new prototype iPhone
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    glasssplinter , April 30, 2013 12:12 PM
    Call me old fashioned but I like my car to work with minimal extra electronics and be something that I can work on. The hacks for this are going to be interesting, vehicle shutdown commands, accelerator mods, you name it. Think the roads are dangerous now just wait to see what happens when road rage hits the hacker community.
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    dalethepcman , April 30, 2013 12:50 PM
    If I parked my car at a mall and came back and my seat was moved, the first thought through my head is "who stole what" not "oh lets move my seat back." Aside from the seat moving, nothing is new here,
    As for corporate co-operation across the board. Everyone in the tech industry know how Apple treats their partners and I doubt other industries will want to let the fruit into their homes.
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    house70 , April 30, 2013 12:54 PM
    Every comment above makes sense, except for the first one; that one can't see the logic of other's arguments, and still I did not find one reference to Android in the other comments.
    @ sundragon: You see, "Fandroids" don't hate, they use something called "thinking" for their arguments.
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    basketcase87 , April 30, 2013 2:00 PM
    "Once in the driver's seat, you notice that someone has changed your seating position. Instead of trying to get comfortable again, you recall your profile from your iPhone, which then moves the driver's seat and the mirrors to the optimum position for you."
    So if you drove your car to the store and are now driving it home, who moved your seat?
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    Cazalan , April 30, 2013 2:38 PM
    Isn't that what the car alarm is for on your car keys, to locate the car. :) 

    My keys don't come out of my pocket so they never get left in the car.
    Keyless entry systems have been around for a while.
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    azraa , April 30, 2013 3:58 PM
    Yeah, how about solutions for braindead people. Maybe if you cant recall where you parked you car, you shouldnt be even driving. Im sorry, but im a simple guy in this aspect: cars are cars because of awesome machinery, not because silly peripherals.
    And anyway, why should this connect to a server? Fuck no, Apple, I dont like you knowing where I left my car, hell, this could be even used by Police Depts to catch incorrect parkings and give out tickets like crazy. We know you go holding hands with the gov
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