Limiting doors to keep you from getting doored
Using motion backgrounds in VR to stop motion sickness
Digging through patent filings from the company has dug up that the long-rumoured and on-again off-again Apple Car could have doors that will stop you getting hit when you get out, safety in the event of a water landing, and a VR system that could fend off motion sickness, according to a new report.
While Apple’s really not talking about their potential electric car project, which has been lurking in the shadows for years now, it’s still possible to find out what the company’s working on through patent filings. These latest, found by Apple Insider, show some interesting tech tidbits in the works, or at least in engineering.
The first is for “Dynamic Element Protection. Doors that could be controlled to deal with “dynamic elements located within proximity of the vehicle.” We assume that means things like vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, or anything else ready to collide with your suddenly-opening door. The filing says that it could limit door opening sweep or stop the door from opening at all to avoid danger. The latter system is already beginning to show up in cars using blind spots sensors. Hyundai already has a system that will keep the rear doors locked when safety demands it.
Next up, detection of the vehicle becoming partially submerged. Apple’s filing flow chart says that it would “execute submergence escape response,” closing the windows, unlocking the doors, unclipping the seat belts, and even deploying air and flotation devices. Once you’re ready to leave it would open the windows and doors the let you escape your sinking car.
The system could also monitor the interior for occupants like an unattended pet, using the climate control to keep the interior at a safe temperature.
Last up, a new augmented reality display that could show you hazards, even those blocked by a building. Another use for this is found in the immersive virtual display, a VR headset that would take into account car movement to make the view match what you feel, preventing motion sickness if you’re wearing a headset while being driven in the car. It could work for those watching video or for those with trouble with motion sickness in the car in general.