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Apple granted patent for an automotive floor

Let the Apple Car rumors roll on. Apple has been granted a patent (10,479,413) for a vehicle floor.

In the patent info, the tech giant says “it would be advantageous to provide a floor structure” for an automobile that distributes forces from outboard impacts and/or minimizes a height thereof to maximize space for other uses (e.g., battery storage). 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “A sill assembly for a vehicle includes an energy-absorbing region and a force-spreading region. The energy-absorbing region is elongated in a fore-aft direction and includes an inboard subregion and an outboard subregion. The outboard subregion is arranged outboard of and proximate to the inboard subregion. 

“The force-spreading region is elongated in the fore-aft direction and is arranged outboard of and proximate to the energy-absorbing region and spreads force from outboard loading to the energy-absorbing region. Along the fore-aft direction, the force-spreading region has greater inboard compressive strength than the outboard subregion, and the outboard subregion has greater compressive strength than the inboard subregion.”

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.