Automobile personal computer systems

  • US 6,711,474 B1
  • Filed: 06/24/2002
  • Issued: 03/23/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/24/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An automobile computer system in an automobile that interacts with a wireless device of a merchant that is external to the automobile to allow a user to purchase a product from the merchant, comprising:

  • at least one processor that processes commands from the user;

    a sound system with which the processor plays audio content for the user;

    wireless communications circuitry that supports wireless communications for the processor over a bidirectional local wireless link and a remote wireless link that is separate from the local wireless link; and

    a global positioning receiver that determines the location of the automobile, wherein the processor uses the remote wireless link to obtain information on the merchant based on the location determined by the global positioning receiver and wherein the processor uses the local wireless link in interacting with the wireless device that is external to the automobile to purchase the product from the merchant.

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