Apple might enter the vehicle industry since it is allegedly developing a new car. The tech giant manufacturer might also integrate different sensors to give it a self-driving feature.
Some of these camera sensors need a notch or window to allow them to work through the fiberglass or plastic of a vehicle body. Apple also applied for a newly-granted patent regarding the future "Apple Car," which explains how many sensors are needed for a vehicle's self-driving capability.
However, the real question is will the sensors work efficiently? To achieve this, Apple needs to develop a notch. The tech giant manufacturer also did this in the iPhone so that Face ID would work properly.
Apple explains how it will integrate the sensors
Although Apple doesn't usually use the word notch, it still explained how the company will integrate the camera sensors in a car's body.
"[These include having] an open front portion that is positioned at the opening formed through the exterior body panel [housing] an optical-grade tempered glass panel," said tech giant via Apple Insider.
Apple's new patent also explained alternative suggestions. These include mounting the sensors within a car's bumper. However, the company is still trying to solve how it will house the sensors and protect them at the same time.
Apple said that the sensors could include infrared emitters, LiDAR sensors, infrared cameras, and visible spectrum cameras.
"Some sensors are not tolerant to signal degradation that may occur when emitted and/or received signals pass through the glass, plastic or other signal transmissive materials," explained Apple.
Apple's new system could detect cracked windshields
According to The Truth About Cars, Apple has filed a patent application that describes a new system. Its system is expected to monitor the resistance of a conductive film placed within or against a sheet of laminated glass. It was filed in the United States on Nov. 19.
Apple claimed that this new technology could detect cracked windshields. Once the system is developed, it would really help many drivers since it is hard to recognize a cracked windshield.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.