Apple has applied for a patent for a new glass system that can detect minor problems in a vehicle’s windshield
Apple is circling the automotive industry although its greatest contribution yet has been Apple CarPlay.
There has been talk of a potential EV over the last few years but the project seems to be on ice now. They also developed a technology with BMW that allows the smartphone to act as key.
Apple hasn’t abandoned the automative market, however, and has apparently been working on a new windshield technology designed to detect cracks and potential prevent thefts.
Uncovered by Roadshow, the patent for the technology shows a conductive film inserted between two panes of glass and capable of detecting minor cracks before they require major repairs. The system could also be used to potential detect an intruder breaking the vehicle’s glass.
It’s still unclear how Apple plans to use this new technology or if they are even planning on bringing it to market.
Detecting early cracks in the windshield has a few uses, but they are mostly limited to vehicles with advanced windshield heating features.