The time is not too far when the technological marvels we see in science fiction movies will be a major part of our lives. Apart from being fascinating, they also seem to add a touch of luxury and convenience and, what would be better than seeing navigation map right on your windshield while driving.
According to the recent patent filed by Apple, the company has designed an augmented reality system for car windshields. Moreover, the patent also consists of the details of the inter-car FaceTime engine for allowing passengers of different autonomous vehicles to communicate which is added by an emergency handling set up.
The patent related to such a system is not the first from Apple since, for a few months, it has been working on an autonomous vehicle project concertedly with Volkswagen and this futuristic system is a part of the same.
A recent report published by PatentlyApple represents an overview of how the systems work. Shown through a diagram, the report speaks about the various key elements which form the AR windshield system. This includes the range of sensors (internal and external), control elements, vehicle interfaces, transparent surface and the augmented reality display module.
As per the company, the graphical overlay is feasible to implement on a transparent surface which would be legible to the viewer. This graphical overlay can represent various information including details about the vehicles around, the surrounding of the vehicle and its speed.
The company has also revealed details about the FaceTime feature associated with the augmented reality display which will allow occupants of the autonomous vehicle to place a video call with either a user far away or an occupant located in another vehicle.
An added panicky occupant detection feature will accompany the aforementioned ones. This function loads the personal profile of the user in advance only to judge a panicky situation by the changes happening in the user's body and facial expressions.
Considering all this, the future of mobility seems way too fancy. If this goes on, will Apple push itself to an extent of allowing users to register their face id for unlocking their cars? You never know.