I have seen more than a few things over the years that have remote controls mounted to the steering wheel of a car. Honestly, I never liked any of those. I don’t think the steering wheel is a place for accessories to be mounted personally. Apple was granted a new patent this week that covers a steering wheel mounted remote control for the iPod and iPhone.
It looks like this patent was filed for a long time ago judging by the line art because the remote looks like something from several years back. I would imagine the design would be a little sleeker if it were produced today. The remote is designed to control the music on an iPod connected to a car’s audio system and gives forward/back and pause/play functions along with what appears to be a menu key.
It looks like device attaches to the steering wheel with a simple clip. I could see people catching their hand on this in an emergency and having issues or see it flying off the airbag deployed and hurting someone in the car.
via PatentlyAppleFiled Under: Apple