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Lumbering carmaker GM has decided to bring itself into the 21st century by filing a patent for a multimedia infrastructure for cars. In its Rube Goldbergian patent application drawing above, the car company places a microprocessor and hard drive at the heart of this multimedia system, and has even taken into account digital rights management (DRM), figuring out a way to tie content to your vehicle identification number. There's also a video back-up camera plugged into the system, as well as an output to other vehicle systems.

Now we can all watch movies, edit video, plug in PCs and have them all talk to each other over a network in the car, all while traveling at 75 mph. On second thought, maybe we'll take the bus.

GM s Car-based Multimedia Infrastructure [ZatsNotFunny]