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New Apple patents depicts iPhone remote unlocker, remote engine starting, and parking locator for automobiles

USPTO grants apple two new iPhone automobile integration patents
By: Charles Gantt | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 3:02 pm

This morning the United States Patent and Trade Office published a number of patents filed by Apple, two of which related to Apple's aspirations to further integrate into the automobile tech market.




The two patents describe systems that would let you control your car from an iPhone and perform such task as unlocking the doors, starting the engine remotely, and helping you figure out where you parked in that massive parking lot or parking building. The system would pair the phone and car over Bluetooth and would use a mapping system to figure out where the car is parked.




The other interesting patent involves using an iPhone to remotely start your vehicle, which is actually nothing new, but the patent picks up where others left off. Users would be able to set rules on what time periods the car can be remotely started, set a maximum speed limit for teenage drivers, and even limiting the use of the radio, or other so-called infotainment devices while the car is being operated.




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