Who needs windows when you have VR?
It was back in 2014 that Apple first began developing its own automotive vehicle. After several years of radio silence from the company, reports began circulating that the company had changed gears and was now working on a self-driving vehicle which does not require input on behalf of the passengers. As such, this autonomous car would lack any driver control, including a steering wheel and foot pedals.
Since then, Apple has filed several car-related patents that tease a number of potential features. That said, the latest patent may be the company’s most interesting yet.
On May 3, 2022, Apple filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an in-car VR entertainment system that leverages the vehicle’s movements to further immerse passengers in their headset experiences. VR content is synchronized with the movement and acceleration of the autonomous vehicle as it drives to the desired location, offering a unique location-based experience that changes based on your commute.
In addition to entertainment, the patent describes how the technology mentioned could be used to reduce motion sickness. Instead of conventional windows, passengers would see the outside world by using their VR headsets to access cameras mounted on the outside of the vehicle. The technology can also be used to watch videos and read books in a stabilized environment as well as conduct virtual meetings while on the go.
According to previous reports, Apple is expected to launch its long-awaited self-driving car sometime around 2025, although we have not yet received any official confirmation from the company. Apple has previously registered a number of outrageous trademarks that have not yet seen the light of day. That said, if anyone can effectively sell a windowless self-driving vehicle without a steering wheel to the public, it’s Apple.
For more information take a look at the patent application here.
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