Apple Dislikes Windows So Much Its Self Driving Car Might Not Have Any
Apple filed a patent earlier this month for an in-vehicle VR system that would replace the “view of the real world with virtual environments.” This VR system would “match virtual views that match visual cues with the physical motions that a passenger experiences” and could be tweaked to help those who experience motion sickness. Apple argues that windows are generally unsafe and are not cost effective. It remarked that a VR system could “reduce or eliminate the need for windows in autonomous vehicles.” It also contended that a VR system could make the vehicle feel larger and therefore offer passengers a “more pleasant and secure-feeling experience.”
The VR system would only be available in Apple’s upcoming self-driving vehicles. These vehicles will likely be available in 2025 and may ship without a steering wheel or pedals. Rumor has it that the vehicles will also contain a large iPad-like device that will serve as an infotainment system.
It is unclear at the moment whether Apple’s self-driving vehicle will resemble the concept design or actually implement the VR-system. What is clear is that there are rather high expectations for the vehicle. Apple’s self-driving vehicles, often referred to as “Project Titan”, have reportedly been in the works since 2014 and have been delayed several times. Consumers therefore expect a vehicle that will be a strong competitor against Tesla.
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