Apple has a new patent for vehicle dashboards, following their iOS In the Car app released earlier this year Apple is serious about being in your next car. With Android slicing up iPhone sales, Apple is actively searching for diversified revenue.
The patent is a screen that would control nav, music, HVAC, wiper and defrosters. Apple is working to involve tactile feedback from the interface. During use the screen would respond beyond a subtle vibration (shot at Cadillac). The setup could include raised edges, indents or grooves making it easier to find controls while you should be concentrating on the road.
Already iOS In the Car is slotted for use by a dozen automakers, where this gets interesting is that all vehicle interfaces could be homogenized similar to what iTunes did to music management. BMW has already stated they are not interested.
With Ford already heavily into Sync with MSFT, will cars be the next PC vs Mac debate?