06253122 is referenced by 79 patents and cites 26 patents.

A dashboard for a vehicle, comprising a monitor which displays graphical images depicting dashboard instruments. In one embodiment, the monitor is a general purpose LCD graphics display coupled to a graphics generator. The graphics generator is a processor which executes a virtual dashboard software application. The processor receives vehicle information such as speed, fuel level, mileage and battery charge, and processes this information using the virtual dashboard software application to generate graphics signals which are transmitted to the monitor for display to the driver. The images displayed to the driver are determined by the virtual dashboard application, and not by the monitor itself. The displayed images are user-selectable so that they can be varied to suit the preferences of different drivers. The driver may alternately select different groups of images to view on the monitor using touch screens or speech commands.

Title
Software upgradable dashboard
Application Number
9/332345
Publication Number
6253122 (B1)
Application Date
June 14, 1999
Publication Date
June 26, 2001
Inventor
Guy W Martin
San Jose
CA, US
Owen M Densmore
Palo Alto
CA, US
Behfar Razavi
San Jose
CA, US
Agent
Conley Rose & Tayon PC
US
Agent
B Noël Kivlin
US
Assignee
Sun Microsystems
CA, US
IPC
G06F 17/00
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