Apple applies for patent a VR system for autonomous cars

Apple seeks VR patent that lets riders fight zombies and talk shows in self-driving cars. The patent concerns to a transformation of the car's interior and exterior enviroments, bringing to riders a new space.



Though the patent is framed as a way to mitigate motion sickness, Patently Apple notes that it offers a staggering glimpse into Apple’s visions for both VR and self-driving cars. Apple suggests that future cars could lack windows, instead using interior screens and VR headsets to display real or artificial surroundings. For instance, a tiny car could be made to look spacious or transformed into a completely different type of vehicle. The VR view would be coordinated with an “active seat” and motion sensors, enabling real-world car movements to be incorporated into the visual experience.


Apple’s patent:

Passengers may choose to have relaxing virtual experiences … such as floating down a river or soaring over the landscape in a hang glider, or exciting virtual experiences such as a car chase or driving through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with zombies attacking … if the vehicle stops at a red light or for some other reason when fleeing zombies … the virtual experience may cause the vehicle to appear to stall and not allow the car to be restarted until the light turns green to build suspense.


These expreriences can be interactive and shared with other passengers. Apple offers other examples such as:  passengers may drop virtual water balloons onto features in the environment, using VR to have an author to read a book to you, holding a virtual meeting with avatars around a table and so on. Because the car is autonomous, passangers could enjoy in the preasure of the VR  features like replacing the actual surroundings with street views of other cities.





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