There are some clues available, though. Apple has a number of patents for car-related inventions that give a look at what an Apple car might look like. Patent documents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office paint a picture ̵
Here are some of Apple’s most interesting car-related patents.
This invention could be a big one for Apple, making it easier for people to use iPads, Macs or other devices while driving a car, especially a self-driving one, without getting sick.
In an example, the system can project content a passenger wants to see, such as a book, as virtual content outside and at a distance from the car. In this way, a passenger can read the page as a fixed object in the external environment while still seeing visual signals about the car’s movements, so that they can “work, see or read comfortably without experiencing travel sickness that may occur if the passenger tried to work or look at the contents of a physical screen on a laptop that was sitting on your lap, ”the patent states.
“Thus … the VR system can contribute to productivity, as passengers in vehicles can perform work more comfortably while driving in the vehicle,” it says.
In addition, it notes that VR experiences in a moving vehicle can provide “enhanced immersive virtual experiences” to passengers that are not possible from, for example, a VR entertainment system in one room at home.
It uses sensors inside and outside a vehicle, in addition to other potential inputs, to measure such data as the temperature of car seats or certain body parts, or how much sunlight is radiating on a window or sunroof. This information can be used by the climate control system to create a comfortable environment inside the car for passengers.
The system is also designed to communicate with wireless user devices to access information such as “user health data, user activity, user preferences” to further inform the ideal climate in the car.
Based on the description, a car with this technology, based on the temperature of the leather seats and other data, can sense that it is a hot day outside. And it may know, by communicating with the iPhone, that you only went for a run. This allows it to automatically adjust the climate settings in the car to cool you down.
‘System and method for dynamic privacy and hue’
The invention described in this patent is a colored film covering the outside of a vehicle which is adjusted based on data from various sensors, as well as “explicit” and “implicit requests or commands for coloring.”
For example, at night, the system could automatically reduce the hue so that a passenger in the car could see light through the window, for example from street lights and other cars. However, if the passenger closed his eyes, it can darken the color to make it more comfortable to sleep, according to the patent.
“As an additional example,” the patent states, “a passenger in the vehicle may place packages in a rear zone of the vehicle. The vehicle’s toning system can automatically adjust the color of the adjustable exterior countertop to prevent others from seeing the packages.”
While the invention is discussed in connection with a vehicle, the patent adds that it can also be used for privacy and staining in other environments, such as residential or commercial buildings.
“Method to find a vehicle”
It’s a method where your “portable computing device” – such as an iPhone – can communicate with either your car or the parking structure using a wireless connection such as Bluetooth to help you locate your vehicle. The location is determined by means of sensors on the car and in a parking garage.
In some cases, other information may be provided in addition to or instead of location data, including payment information such as “prices to be paid for parking, where and how to pay, and / or how much you owe, depending on the parking space in question. And duration” of parking, ”the patent states.
‘Charging station with passive adjustment mechanism’
Most of us are familiar with the annoyance of having to get out of the car to get gasoline when it is raining, cold or dark outside. What if you do not have to get out of the car to connect it with an electric vehicle? That is what Apple aims to enable with this invention.
With this tool, an electric car can automatically connect to a charging station without human assistance after being parked next to the charger (either by a driver or with its self-driving capabilities). The charger also has an optional height adjustment mechanism to ensure that the plug reaches the car’s charging port.