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An ‘Apple Car’ could sport a holographic display system and ‘HoloDash OS’

Let the Apple Car rumors roll on. Apple has been granted two patents involving holographic displays for a vehicle.

Patent number 10,866,562 is for a “vehicle onboard holographic communication system” that could generate, manage, and display various three-dimensional holographic objects, holographic digital assistance, and dynamically-updatable holographic contents in automotive infotainment, vehicle control, and occupant communication environments. 

The vehicle onboard holographic communication system would include a vehicle infotainment hardware module, a vehicle infotainment operating system (such as Apple’s CarPlay) and a vehicle onboard holographic communication operating system (e.g. “HoloDash OS”) executed in a CPU and a memory unit of the vehicle infotainment hardware module.

The holographic display pod would be integrated into a vehicle dashboard or another part of the vehicle interior. According to Apple, it would provids lifelike high-resolution 3D holographic objects for vehicle occupant infotainment, vehicle control, and communication applications. What’s more, the vehicle onboard holographic communication system allows in-vehicle holograms to receive and interpret driver or passenger gesture commands with embedded sensors, which enable bilaterally-interactive experiences with the in-vehicle holograms.

Patent number 10,866,414 is for a “system with holographic head-up display” that would project images onto the car’s windshield. The vehicle’s display would produces a display output allowing a viewer in the vehicle to observe two-dimensional or three-dimensional content. The head-up display may include a display unit that produces the display output and an optical combiner on a vehicle window that directs the display output towards the viewer.

As I’ve said before, I don’t believe Apple will build its own automobile. Instead, I think it will partner with current automotive manufactures to incorporate its various technologies into their vehicles. 

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.