Apple’s several automotive patents have been granted: synchronized windows and smart mirrors, etc.

Apple’s future cars are expected to provide extra privacy protection for people in the car by using Synchronized Windows. In addition, the rear view mirrors on both sides of the vehicle automatically adjust the appropriate angle according to the position of the driver’s head. Apple has been granted a number of patents related to automotive design, according to the latest patents, which were filed tuesday by the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO), and are expected to be used in Apple cars, or Apple-branded auto parts.

The first patent, called “Systems with with the system of windows”, outlines how windows enhance privacy protection. In the patent, Apple proposes to install a light-regulating layer in the window, which can be a liquid crystal with a polarizer, a bile-type liquid crystal layer that can change the reflectivity, an adjustable fog layer formed by a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal layer, and so on. Regardless of the material used, the light through the window is adjusted through this layer.

Apple's several automotive patents have been granted: synchronized windows and smart mirrors, etc.

In addition, the patent recommends the use of “AC modulation waveforms” to adjust the in-car and exterior light sources, so as not to affect the passenger’s line of sight. For example, you can turn the lights in the vehicle on and off twice per second in a specific way ,e.g. at a frequency of 200Hz, so that drivers and passengers do not feel the changes in the light in the vehicle.

The user does not see changes in the windows, but the windows automatically turn the coating on/off according to the surrounding environment and provide a stable light system for the occupants of the vehicle with the interior light source. The effect is that when the car passenger turns on the source of the interior lights, the light does not emit outside the vehicle. This means that passengers can see the interior lighting, but the outside of the vehicle will not see it.

The patent was invented by Martin Melcher, James Wilson, Clarisse Mazur and David Kingman.

Another technology patent, called “Systems for improving side-mirroring of a vehicle” (a system for improving the function of the vehicle’s side mirrors), outlines a number of ways to improve the rear view mirror. The patent first details how to minimize the width of the vehicle by expanding outwards or replacing the side mirror steaming completely.

In the first design sketch, the actuator is used to control the rear view mirror, which is essentially the same as the current mainstream car unit (e.g. automatic ally after the vehicle is started, automatic closure after parking). But Apple’s patent is no longer limited to the start and end of a vehicle’s journey, but the mirror can be adjusted throughout the ride.

Apple's several automotive patents have been granted: synchronized windows and smart mirrors, etc.

The patent uses a camera to capture the driver’s facial information, and the system looks at the direction of the facial features to monitor the driver’s head movements. If it is determined that the driver is looking in the rear view mirror through the camera, a signal is sent to the rear view mirror, which is activated to the appropriate position and retracted when not needed.

The second embodiment is an integrated side mirror, which is mounted on the walls of the car itself and uses the optics on each side to provide the driver with an external view. The recommended view provides is sufficient to see nearby elements, similar to a normal externally installed side mirror.

Apple's several automotive patents have been granted: synchronized windows and smart mirrors, etc.

The third scenario is to completely remove the mirror and replace it with a screen. The display is mounted inside the vehicle for the driver to look for the rear view mirror, and the display will provide real-time video from the camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle, providing a view of the area normally covered by the mirror. Reflection.

Instead of directly processing the image in real time, the system will process the image to create an image similar to the image that the driver expects to see from the rear view mirror, as the camera’s position and field of view will vary.

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