There are some clues out there, although. Apple holds a bunch of patents for car-related innovations that provide a peek at what an Apple automobile might appear like. Patent paperwork filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office paint an image — albeit a comparatively obscure one — of a luxurious automobile designed to be extremely automated and person pleasant.
Here are a number of of Apple’s most attention-grabbing car-related patents.
This invention might be an enormous one for Apple, making it simpler for folks to make use of their iPads, Macs or different units whereas using in a automobile, particularly a self-driving one, with out getting automobile sick.
In one instance, the system might undertaking content material a passenger desires to view, comparable to a guide, as digital content material exterior and at a distance from the automobile. In this manner, a passenger might learn the web page as a set object within the exterior atmosphere whereas nonetheless seeing visible cues in regards to the automobile’s actions, permitting them to “work, view, or read in comfort without experiencing motion sickness as may occur if the passenger was trying to work or view the content on a physical screen on a portable computing device sitting on their lap,” the patent states.
“Thus … the VR system may aid in productivity, as passengers in vehicles may more comfortably perform work while riding in the vehicle,” it says.
What’s extra, it notes that VR experiences in a shifting automobile might present “enhanced immersive virtual experiences” to passengers that are not attainable from, say, a VR leisure system in a single room of your house.
It makes use of sensors inside and out of doors a automobile, along with different potential inputs, to measure such knowledge because the temperature of automobile seats or sure passenger physique elements, or the quantity of daylight radiating onto a window or sunroof. That info can be utilized by the local weather management system to create a cushty atmosphere contained in the automobile for passengers.
The system can also be designed to speak with wi-fi person units to entry info comparable to “user health data, user activity, user preferences” to additional inform the best local weather contained in the automobile.
Based on the outline, a automobile with this know-how would possibly be capable of sense, primarily based on the temperature of the leather-based seats and different knowledge, that it is a sizzling day exterior. And it would know, by speaking along with your iPhone, that you just simply went on a run. Thus, it might mechanically alter the local weather settings within the automobile to assist cool you off.
‘System and technique for dynamic privateness and window tinting’
The invention described on this patent is a tinted movie protecting on the outside of a automobile that adjusts primarily based on knowledge from numerous sensors, in addition to “explicit” and “implicit requests or commands for tinting.”
For instance, at nighttime, the system might mechanically reduce the tinting degree so a automobile passenger might see mild by means of the window, comparable to from streetlights and different automobiles. But if the passenger closed their eyes, it might darken the tint to make sleeping extra snug, based on the patent.
“As an additional example,” the patent states, “an occupant of the vehicle may place packages in a rear zone of the vehicle. The tinting system of the vehicle may automatically adjust the tint of the adjustable exterior facing surface to prevent others from viewing the packages.”
While the invention is mentioned within the context of a automobile, the patent provides that it is also used for privateness and tinting in different environments, comparable to residential or industrial buildings.
“Method for locating a vehicle”
It’s a way whereby your “portable computing device” — say, your iPhone — might talk with both your automobile or the parking construction utilizing a wi-fi connection like Bluetooth to assist find your automobile. The location is set utilizing sensors on the automobile and in a parking storage.
In some instances, different info might be supplied along with or as an alternative of location knowledge, together with fee info comparable to “rates to be charged for parking, where and how to pay, and/or how much is owed depending on the particular parking location and duration of parking,” the patent states.
‘Charging station with passive alignment mechanism’
Most of us are acquainted with the annoyance of getting to get out of the automobile to get fuel when it is raining, chilly or darkish exterior. What if, with an electrical automobile, you did not have to exit the automobile to plug it in? That’s what Apple’s aiming to allow with this invention.
With this instrument, an electrical automobile might auto-connect to a charging station with out human assist after being parked subsequent to the charger (both by a driver or with its self-driving capabilities). The charger additionally has an optionally available mechanism for adjusting its peak, to make sure the plug can attain the automobile’s charging port.