PatentlyApple points to a number of newly-granted patents published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office with Apple’s name on them. And out of the 20 or so filings, there’s one particular invention that stands out.

The patent describes an in-vehicle remote control with what appears to be a clickwheel-esque interface. It attaches to the steering wheel and can control an iPod, iPhone or other device. Keep reading for more details…

The remote in the filing is completely wireless, using either bluetooth or an RF frequency transmitter, to communicate with a portable media player. It has a touch-sensitive faceplate, and attaches to a car’s steering wheel via a built-in clamp.

This would allow users to browse content, adjust volume levels and perform other functions without taking their hands off the steering wheel — which is huge in an era where cell phone use while driving is garnering so much attention.

There’s no evidence, however, that Apple has any plans to bring this particular product to market. But if it ever does hit the shelves, you can bet we’ll be among the first to buy one.

What about you? What do you think of Apple’s in-vehicle remote control?

  • Anonymous

    I need one of these right now, justmolded my ipad in my dash and i need a remote like this, please release this

    • there are already existing bluetooth remotes that can be used with any idevice capable of bluetooth, like the sony mw600(bad example, because the volume adjustment ist quite horrible, but i m using it currently) it is mainly a bluetooth receiver for headphones but you could use it as a remote as well and just improvise to attach it to your steering wheel.
      but i guess apples way of design things is always a bit more rounded…

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the help!, u wouldnt happen to know of any other ones

      • Anonymous

        Yeah but apple will make a less compatible one for twice the price ! Who would want the already-existing cheap and effective solutions ? (That is, besides Christian ‘wannabe’ Zibreg…)

  • I can’t see how the USPTO can issue a patent on that! I had a very similar device that controlled my car’s stereo several years ago.

    If memory serves, it was about 10 years ago, and I think it was on a Sony Car Stereo.

    So, what’s so unique that allows that to have a Patent???? Just asking the question!…………….

    • Anonymous

      Because Apple are humongous fucking douchebags trying to put their name on every little piece of idea regardless of whether it was theirs or someone else’s in the first place.

      • In reality although the Author does not mention the type of patent, it is probably a “Design” Patent rather than a full-fledged Patent.

        What would really be the BEST IS for Auto Manufacturers to build a “universal” remote in the steering wheel that can be paired (using bluetooth or even WiFi) with the iPhone or Android (or hahaha Nokia/RIM/Windows device) smart phone.

  • Anonymous

    My car already has this built in.