Tuesday, September 21, 2021
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Apple patent filing involves a ‘vehicle viewing system’

Let the Apple Car rumors roll on. Apple has filed for a patent (number 10,306,289) for a “vehicle viewing system.” It involves a method that  includes obtaining a video based on images detected with cameras mounted on a vehicle and displaying a portion of the video corresponding to a time offset and a viewing angle.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that some folks have difficulty seeing out of a vehicle, because their view is obstructed by their positioning within the vehicle or because of vision. Others wish to update friends or loved ones about their progress on a trip, e.g., when they are traveling in a vehicle to meet someone. 

Conventional facilities for sharing current location include providing coordinates on a map. But, map data may not tell the whole story. Apple thinks its vehicle viewing system is the answer.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.