Autonomous drive user interface

  • US 10,254,943 B2
  • Filed: 07/12/2017
  • Issued: 04/09/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/27/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A user interface for a vehicle, comprising:

  • a steering wheel for the vehicle, comprising;

    a grip;

    a sensor operable to detect objects at a plurality of locations along said grip; and

    an illuminator operable to illuminate different portions of said grip;

    a processor in communication with said sensor, with said illuminator and with a controller of vehicle functions; and

    a non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions which cause said processor;

    to identify, via said sensor, a location of a first object along said grip,to illuminate, via said illuminator, a portion of said grip, adjacent to the identified location,to further identify, via said sensor, a second object being at the illuminated portion of said grip, andto activate, via the controller, a vehicle function in response to the second object being at the illuminated portion of said grip.

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