Patent Number: 6,396,164

Title: Method and apparatus for integrating controls

Abstract: Electronic devices (38) are added to the electrical system (10) of a motorvehicle and utilize controls (20-26) and indicators (14) existing withinthe vehicle. The add-on electronic devices (34-38) interact with a gateway(30), and the gateway (30) is coupled to the electrical system (10). Thefunction of the controls (20-26) and indicators (14) within the vehicleare context controlled relative to the operating context of the existingvehicle electronic systems and the add-on electronic devices (34-38).

Inventors: Barnea; Michael (Highland Park, IL), Ruthenbeck; Mark A. (Gurnee, IL)


International Classification: H04L 12/40 (20060101); B60L 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 05/28/2014