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Apple Needs to Make this Bluetooth iPhone Steering Wheel Remote Control

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The U.S. Patent Office granted Apple a patent for a steering wheel remote control that clips to the steering wheel, controlling the iPhone wirelessly.

PatentlyApple discovered the new in-vehicle Apple patent, originally filed under the names of the inventors instead of under the Apple corporate name, which is why it flew under the radar for so long.

The patent shows a small wireless remote control that mounts on the steering wheel for hands free control of the phone while driving. The control looks a lot like an iPod clickwheel with a ring on the back to attach to a steering wheel.

Bluetooth iPhone Steering Wheel Remote Control Patent.

Bluetooth iPhone steering wheel remote control patent.

The iPhone already connects to many in vehicle infotainment systems like Ford Sync for steering wheel control, but on older cars and cars without this option, a remote like this could help users obey hands free laws without upgrading to a new stereos or a new car.

According to the patent, the steering wheel remote control is touch sensitive, which is a shame considering the benefit that tactile buttons add while trying to drive and control music.

PatentlyApple illustrates how this system could adapt to many steering wheels, including the rotating faceplate that keeps the controls oriented correctly and the ability to clasp to steering wheels thin and wide.

While Apple owns this patent, it may never bring this product to market. Apple routinely patents ideas that we don’t see for years, or ever.

Personally I hope that’s not the case. This Bluetooth steering wheel remote control for the iPhone would sell like hotcakes, especially if it has a microphone housed inside for Siri and phone calls.

Would you buy a iPhone steering wheel remote control?

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

2 Comments

  1. Anna

    06/16/2012 at 3:03 pm

    Hi,
    I’d love to buy it!
    I’m looking for something like that for a long time!
    I want to be first who can get that ;)

  2. Eric

    02/13/2013 at 10:42 pm

    Can’t wait to buy one if available

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