GM Files Patent For Adaptive Transforming Multifunction Display Control5
GM has filed a patent application for a so-called “Transforming Multifunction Display Control,” that would provide additional manual control inputs for operating an in-vehicle infotainment system.
This GM patent filing has been assigned application number US 11,299,047 B1 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and was published on April 12th, 2022. It’s titled “Transforming Multifunction Display Control,” and lists Michigan-based engineers Joseph F. Szczerba and Ki Hyun Ahn as the inventors.
The patent application describes a center console-mounted manual control input for operating an infotainment system, similar to the rotary dial system that’s currently utilized in certain GM vehicles. This system features two vertically-oriented scrolling wheels, which can be deployed via extension arms to transform into flat, circular rotary dials for controlling the infotainment system. This transforming system allows the user to scroll using the wheels, or deploy the wheels horizontally to operate the system with a rotary dial. The system also allows for only one of the wheels to be deployed horizontally, retaining the scrolling functionality of the second wheel. The diagrams also show a pair of switches mounted just ahead of the two wheels, providing additional control for the user.
A button/dial arrangement like this would give the user greater control over the infotainment system and could potentially make it easier for them to control various aspects of the system – although we could also see it complicating the operation. This patent only briefly touches on how such a design would be used in a production vehicle and doesn’t go in-depth on what kind of system functions it could control, so it’s hard to gauge just how useful it would be. Forward-thinking designs like this will become commonplace in the auto industry in the years ahead, however, as many automakers are introducing more tech-laden vehicles with semi- or fully-autonomous driving capability and other features that may require unique input devices such as this.
We’ll keep an eye out for a similar design in future GM concept and production vehicles, at which point we may learn a bit more about what this is for exactly. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for GM more patent filing news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.
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Chinamen just stole this patent!
I don’t believe anybody should steal from anyone if it’s yours it’s your stuff and by GOD it should stay that way…
Very wishful thinking. However in the very competitive global commercial-industrial world particularly with Asian countries, it’s a severe business competitive war. It’s a winner take all. The Chinese have been gaining much ground, just like the Japanese.
Just look at the once time great industrial corridors and companies in rust belt cities, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Buffalo, Akron, Cincinnati, Dayton, as examples. Victims of foreign competition.
A few product and industry examples:
Metalworking has gone offshore. The Japanese have captured 95% of the American machine tool industry that was once the pride of Ohio.
Caterpillar has moved their track undercarriage production to China from East Peoria, Illinois.
The Chinese have copied and are making the P&H 4100 mining shovel. Once an American product based in Milwaukee by Harnischfeger now owned by Japanese Komatsu.
It’s a changed world. America has lost a lot of ground.
This is why we can’t keep raising corporate taxes. We actually gained back for the short while we lowered the corporate taxes, but now it’s back in the presidential budget to jack the corporate rate up well into the 20’s.
it just seems so short sighted to go after the corporations that provide jobs for tax revenue. they can afford it, but then why invest more money in a factory here when they can save 10% somewhere else and cheaper labor to boot. it’s sad.
Groan! And yet another driver distraction as if we didn’t have enough Tesla style control systems.