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1. (WO2007141628) VEHICLE INPUT DEVICE
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CLAIMS

1. A vehicle input device comprising:
an operating part, arranged within a vehicle passenger compartment;
signal processing means for processing a signal input through the operating part; a movable support mechanism that supports the operating part to move between a distant position far away from an operator and a nearby position close to the operator; drive means for generating a drive force to displace the operating part;
control means for controlling the drive means; and
operation intention detecting means for detecting an operator's intention to operate the operating part,
wherein the control means controls the drive means to displace the operating part into the nearby position if the operator's operation intention is detected by the operation intention detecting means.

2. The vehicle input device according to claim 1, wherein the control means controls the drive means to displace the operating part into the nearby position if the operator's operation intention is detected for at least a predetermined time period by the operation intention detecting means.

3. The vehicle input device according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the control means controls the drive means to displace the operating part into the distant position if the operator's operation intention is not detected by the operation intention detecting means while the operating part is in the nearby position.

4. The vehicle input device according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the operating part comprises an operating part of a touch panel display provided on a vehicle instrument panel.

5. The vehicle input device according to claim 4, wherein the operation intention detecting means comprises a sensor, provided on a front surface of the instrument panel, that detects an object approaching or making contact with the touch panel display, and the control means controls the drive means to displace the operating part into the nearby position if the object approaching or making contact with the touch panel display is detected by the sensor.

6. The vehicle input device according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the operating part comprises a main operating member and an auxiliary operating member, arranged farther from the operator than the main operating member, wherein the movable support mechanism supports the auxiliary operating member of the operating part to move between the distant position and the nearby position, wherein the operation intention detecting means detects an operator's intention to operate the auxiliary operating member of the operating part, and wherein the control means controls the drive means to displace the auxiliary operating member of the operating part into the nearby position if the operator's operation intention is detected by the operation intention detecting means.

7. The vehicle input device according to claim 6, wherein the operation intention detecting means comprises a photoelectric sensor arranged at an inside of the main operating member between the main operating member and the auxiliary operating member for detecting an object interrupting a space at the inside of the main operating member, and the control means controls the drive means to displace the auxiliary operating member of the operating part into the nearby position if the object is detected by the photoelectric sensor.

8. The vehicle input device according to claim 6, wherein the operation intention detecting means comprises a contact detection sensor provided in the main operating member for detecting an object making contact with the main operating member, and wherein the control means controls the drive means to displace the auxiliary operating member of the operating part into the nearby position if the object is detected by the contact detection sensor.

9. The vehicle input device according to claim 6, wherein the control means controls the drive means to displace the auxiliary operating member of the operating part into the distant position if an input operation of the auxiliary operating member is not detected for at least a predetermined time period while the auxiliary operating member of the operating part remains in the nearby position.

10. The vehicle input device according to claim 6, wherein the operator intention detecting means is adapted to determine the operator's operation intention by voice recognition processing of spoken commands of the operator; and the control means controls the drive means to displace the auxiliary operating member of the operating part into the nearby position based on the voice recognition processing.

11. A vehicle input device comprising:
an operating part arranged within a vehicle passenger compartment and having at least one movable operation switch of a plurality of operation switches;
a movable support mechanism for supporting the moveable operation switch of the operating part to move between a distant position far away from an operator and a nearby position close to the operator;
drive means for generating a drive force to displace the movable operation switch of the operating part;
control means for controlling the drive means; and
operation intention detecting means for detecting an operator's intention to operate the movable operation switch of the operating part,
wherein the control means controls the drive means to displace the movable operation switch of the operating part into the nearby position if the operator's operation intention is detected by the operation intention detecting means.

12. The vehicle input device according to claim 11, wherein the control means controls the drive means to displace the movable operation switch into the distant position if the operator's operation intention is not detected by the operation intention detecting means while the movable operating switch is in the nearby position.

13. The vehicle input device according to claim 11 or 12, wherein the operation part comprises a remote controller.

14. The vehicle input device according to any one of claims 11 to 13, wherein the plurality of operation switches include a joystick knob, operated with two left-right and front-rear axes, and the operation intention detecting means includes at least one photoelectric sensor provided between the movable operation switch and the joystick knob, for detecting an object approaching or making contact with the operation intention detecting means.

15. The vehicle input device according to any one of claims 11 to 14, wherein the operation intention detecting means includes a capacitance sensor provided in at least one of the plurality of operation switches, and the control means controls the drive means to displace the movable operation switch into the nearby position based on an output signal of the capacitance sensor when the operator's hand approaches or makes contact with the corresponding operating switch provided with the capacitance sensor.

16. A vehicle input device comprising:
an operating part, arranged within a vehicle passenger compartment;
a signal processing device that processes a signal input through the operating part; a movable support mechanism that supports the operating part to move between a distant position far away from an operator and a nearby position close to the operator; a driving device that generates a drive force to displace the operating part;
a controller that controls the driving device; and
a operation intention detector that detects an operator's intention to operate the operating part,
wherein the controller controls the driving device to displace the operating part into the nearby position if the operator's operation intention is detected by the operation intention detector.

17. A vehicle input device comprising:
an operating part arranged within a vehicle passenger compartment and having at least one movable operation switch of a plurality of operation switches;
a movable support mechanism for supporting the moveable operation switch of the operating part to move between a distant position far away from an operator and a nearby position close to the operator;
a driving device that generates a drive force to displace the movable operation switch of the operating part;
a controller that controls the driving device; and
a operation intention detector that detects an operator's intention to operate the movable operation switch of the operating part,
wherein the controller controls the driving device to displace the movable operation switch of the operating part into the nearby position if the operator's operation intention is detected by the operation intention detector.