June 15 (UPI) — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Apple 62 patents, including patents for the Titan project covering a new generation of seat belt systems, including airbags on seat belts and roofs,media reported. It is well known that one, two or three rows of seats in conventional vehicles are equipped with a occupant safety system, including seat belts and airbags, to reduce the risk of injury to members in a collision.
In addition, in the event of a collision, the seat backrest acts as a barrier, and the backrest prevents loosely placed items from moving between seats. However, in non-traditional vehicle designs, such as the future of self-driving cars, all seats may be oriented toward the middle of the car.
The patent shows that Apple’s improved occupant safety system includes cockpit compartment separators, dynamic seat systems, strained restraints and inflatable restraints, while inflatable restraints include self-attached airbags, seat belts and/or waist seat belt airbags, which can improve the safety of the occupants in vehicles with relative seat settings if a collision occurs.
If an impending collision is detected, use an expandable cockpit separator with a retractable side arm and additional blocking material that can slide between passengers and windows in the form of an inflatable barrier. The retractable side arm is a way to limit passenger movement in the event of a collision and prevent sway the passenger out of the window.
There is also an easier way, such as deploying a large airbag directly from the cockpit roof in front of the passenger seat, where the inflatable module again limits passenger movement and cushions the impact of the collision.
Of course, the airbag also has a seat belt version, with safety restraints deployed around the passenger’s waist and a large inflatable module.
Notably, this isn’t the first time Apple has tried to redesign its car safety system.
In November 2019, Apple proposed to put light-emitting parts on car seats to remind passengers to buckle their seat belts and use features. In February 2020, another Apple patent mentioned how to change the design of car seats and seat belts to make occupants more comfortable and safer when a vehicle is swerving.