There have been several instances which have led us to believe that Apple is seriously considering creating an Apple Car which is purported as ‘Project Titan’. The Cupertino firm’s latest patents further consolidates this fact. The patent in question does all the stuff right from unlocking the doors to creating temporary Car keys to turning on the radio. The U.S. Patent No. 9,351,102 titled ‘Accessing a vehicle using portable devices’, describes using an iPhone to unlock, start and activate other settings inside a car – all over Bluetooth. This patent relates to wireless communication using portable computing devices to access a vehicle. It describes how a an iPhone or an iPad could access the car’s inbuilt computer to instruct it to perform several functions. For instance, it could unlock the vehicle’s doors, unlock storage compartments, start the engine, interact with the entertainment system, activate GPS, activate the dashboard console, adjust the seats, activate the automatic parking system, and open the car’s sun roof.
The application basically connects with the car’s WiFi, Bluetooth, or a cellular network. Another interesting feature about this patent is that it allows the owner to create temporary “keys” for others. The primary portable device can let a “secondary portable device” access the vehicle by transmitting the access credentials to the secondary device. While the owner will have full access to the car, the secondary user can interact with limited features. The primary device can select what features the secondary device can access.
We know for a fact that Tesla, Audi, Volvo and Ford have already created phone applications and that which allows controlling the car’s inbuilt computer. However what is very interesting about Apple’s patent is that includes controls for secondary drivers.
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