Apple seems poised for developing new technologies for self-driving cars. According to a new patent filed by the company gives us a peek into what the Cupertino-based company has in store for the advancement of self-driven cars. The patent comes under the moniker 'Adaptive vehicle augmented reality display using stereographic imagery.'
The patent reveals details about the display system that includes an AR system that will be capable of using a pre-generated 3D model of the surroundings. The patent also suggests that the system will offer even more details about the world around them, while on the move.
The pre-generated 3D model could also include data about landmarks, points of interest, and other areas that might be useful to the drivers. This data could also be stored remotely on the cloud. The 3D model could be collected in bits and pieces, as seen on online mapping services. Relevant sections will then be provided to the car's AR system when required.
The system will also provide information about places that are away from the driver's or car's vision, enabling them to see the path ahead through the AR view. This will be useful when the visibility is poor. The pre-loaded cloud data will help giving users what would be an expected route, in case of emergency.
If the patent comes to reality, it would enhance a self-driving car's functionality to a huge extent. This will also make AR systems more useful and safer.
The company previously also filed a patent application for a VR system, as published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. First spotted by Patently Apple, the new patent is aimed at smart vehicles such as self-driving cars. Apple approach will relieve users from motion sickness. Not just that, Apple also describes other interesting apps that would convert a normal ride in an autonomous vehicle into a business meeting, a fun-filled adventure or a rock concert.
The application suggests that the system might include a VR headset or a projector that would project the images on the interior of the car. As for the motion sickness, the system will have a sensor that would determine as for when the passenger starts feeling uneasy. These sensors will monitor the sweat, pulse rate swallowing, fidgeting of the passenger, and if the person is feeling ill, the VR experience will help mitigate the response.