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Apple patent filing involves an Apple Car with polished glass windows that have built-in sensors

This Apple Car concept image is courtesy of Gearcoupon.

Let the Apple Car rumors roll on. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20230046757 A1) for vehicle windows “with molded layers of polished glass.”

About the patent filing

The patent involves car windows that may be formed by laminating together molded sheets of polished float glass. Light modulators and/or other electrically adjustable layers may be incorporated into the windows. For example, an electrically adjustable layer may be embedded in polymer between a pair of molded layers of polished glass.

Sheets of float glass may be polished on one side, leaving an opposing side unpolished. The patent filing refers to the front windshield, side windows, rear windows, and sunroofs. What’s more, the embedded circuitry and sensors in the windows could respond to a user’s touch or voice for controlling the windows’ movement.

Summary of the patent filing

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent filing: “A vehicle or other system may have windows. The windows may be formed by laminating together molded sheets of polished float glass. Sheets of float glass may be polished on one side, leaving an opposing side unpolished. Following polishing, the sheets may be placed in a molding tool. The molding tool may mold the polished sheets into a desired shape such as a shape characterized by curved surfaces.

The curved surfaces may include surfaces of compound curvature. Lamination equipment may use polymer to laminate first and second molded sheets of polished glass together with their polished sides facing outwardly away from each other. Light modulators and/or other electrically adjustable layers may be incorporated into the windows.”

When might we see an Apple Car?

Apple has scaled back its “ambitious” plans for a self-driving electric car and postponed the launch date back a year to 2026, reports Bloomberg.

The article says that Apple plans to sell a consumer “Apple Car” for “under” $100,000. Other points from the article:

° Apple wanted its vehicle to come without a steering wheel or pedals, but has decided that such a plan isn’t feasible at this time.

° The Apple Car will have guided driving features that work on highways, but won’t be fully autonomous.

° Apple currently plans to develop a vehicle that lets drivers conduct other tasks — say, watch a movie or play a game — on a freeway and be alerted with ample time to switch over to manual control if they reach city streets or encounter inclement weather. 

° It will sport an Apple-designed custom processor to power AI (artificial intelligence) functionality.

° It will use the cloud for some AI processing.

° Apple might offer a remote command center that could assist drivers and control cars from afar during emergencies.

° Apple may also offer its own insurance program.

° Apple still hasn’t dialed in on a design for its first vehicle and the team is still working in a “pre-prototype” stage.

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.