Apple have submitted patent applications which suggest they are working on a facility which will allow users to locate a car and control functions within it using an iPhone.
The applications submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office on April 25 outline technology which would use the phone’s Bluetooth to locate where the user’s car is parked, as well as the ability to perform functions within the car such as unlocking the vehicle, start the engine and adjusting the seats.
The first patent – ‘Method for locating a vehicle’ – shows how a local wireless system could help find a car’s location on a map display and provide directions to it. Meanwhile, the second patent – ‘Accessing a vehicle using portable devices’ – several car functions which the iPhone would be able to facilitate. Regarding the ability to unlock the car, the technology would certainly have to use intricate security and authentication methods for the phone user to gain access.
Additionally, the driver would also be able to save their preferences on the iPhone, plus “seat position, mirror position, temperature controls [and] settings for an audio or audiovisual entertainment system” can be adjusted automatically.