Apple reportedly began working on its own motor vehicle in 2014. After years of silence from the company, stories began circulating that it had shifted gears and was now working on a self-driving car that didn’t require any passenger intervention. As a result, this self-driving automobile would lack all driver controls, including a steering wheel and pedals. Since then, Apple has filed a number of patents related to the car, hinting at a variety of potential functions. That said, the company’s most recent patent is perhaps the most intriguing ever.
In addition to entertainment, the patent details how the referenced technology could be used to reduce motion sickness. Instead of conventional windows, passengers would see the outside world by using their VR headset to access cameras mounted outside the vehicle. The technology could also be used to watch videos and read books in a stabilized environment, as well as to hold virtual meetings on the go.
On May 3, 2022, Apple filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for an in-vehicle VR entertainment system that uses vehicle motion to further immerse passengers in their headset experiences. VR content is synchronized with the movement and acceleration of the self-driving vehicle as it travels to your desired location, providing a unique location-based experience that changes depending on your journey.
Earlier reports claimed that Apple is expected to launch its long-awaited self-driving car around 2025, although we have yet to receive any form of official confirmation from the company. Apple has filed a number of outrageous trademarks in the past that have yet to see the light of day. That said, if anyone can effectively sell a windowless, steering wheel-less self-driving vehicle to the general public, it’s Apple.
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- The Apple Car could have VR technology but not Windows
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