Typically, when you see an Apple patent, you always take it with a grain of salt. That’s because Apple typically patents more then they actually use. On Tuesday, the United States Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple an interesting patent that allows automotive controlling by the way of Bluetooth connectivity through your iPhone.
In 2001 the company filed the U.S. Patent No. 8,947,202 titled “Accessing a vehicle using portable devices” which outlines a ton of possibilities by pairing your iPhone to your Bluetooth enabled car. Possibilities such as unlocking your car doors, starting the engine, and controlling the on-board entertainment system.
This newer patent has a ton of features too. Such as: using your iPhone could help turn on a vehicle’s passenger compartment lights, adjust its seats, turn on the headlights, open a vehicle’s sun roof or windshield wipers, activate the automatic parking system and built-in wireless communication systems and more.
The invention credits Apple engineers Brian Tucker, Emily Schubert, Jesse Dorogusker, Joakim Linde and Stephen Chick.