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Apple Granted Patent For Touchscreen Car Dashboard

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Fiddling with the various controls on your car dashboard when driving can be very dangerous—to help you keep your eyes on the road, Apple has patented a concept that will replace your analog dashboard with futuristic “tactile and touchscreen controls”.

The concept dashboard described in the patent can replace most of the instrumentation already found on a regular dashboard—it can also be custom-programmed and attached with embedded controls for more tactile feedback.

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The most awesome feature of the Apple dashboard may be its secret “iOS in the Car” setting, which will probably allow iOS devices to integrate with the car displays via AirPlay.

A patent has not always turned into an full-fledged product, but we are hoping that this one actually will—partly for the high-tech radio channel surfing and partly for a safer driving experience.

[via Cult Of Mac]
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