Cadillac has the Cue, Ford has MyFord Touch and Toyota has Entune, which is in dire need of an overhaul. That overhaul might be coming soon, as Toyota trademark documents suggest the automaker is working on a touch-sensitive dash and inductive charging systems for mobile devices.
“INTELLITOUCH,” which is the name Toyota is giving to its touch-sensitive technology, is described in the documents as “electronic touch sensitive controllers, sold as an integral part of motor vehicles; electronic touch sensitive panels, sold as an integral part of motor vehicles.” Now the latter part of that description most likely refers to a Cadillac Cue-like built-in touch-sensitive dash, but the former is a bit more vague. “Electronic touch sensitive controllers” could refer to a variety of things, such as power window, climate and even steering wheel controls. Adjusting the radio or throwing on the windshield wipers could be a few capacitive swipes away in future Toyotas.
“EBIN,” Toyota’s other oddly named trademark refers to “Storage containers for handheld electronic devices, sold as an integral part of motor vehicles; storage containers with built in inductive battery charges for handheld electronic devices, sold as an integral part of motor vehicles.” What we’re seeing here are wired iPod/iPhone docks that keep the devices charged while driving, and inductive charging storage containers which will wirelessly charge devices in the car. Chrysler and GM are also looking into inductive charging systems, and it might be standard on models in the future.
One thing’s for sure. These new trademarks must be music to any mobile device geek’s ears.
[Via: Car and Driver]