Apple’s interest in VR continues beyond its smart glasses and virtual reality headset. Per a patent application, Apple is looking at how VR in vehicles can help travelers with motion sickness. The system would be installed in automobiles.
The virtual reality setting would be projected on the windowpane or viewed within a VR headset. Vehicles would be installed with a sensor system that supplies external data to the VR platform to correctly rebuild the outside scenario.
The platform would provide a virtual view that replicates the real world with some settings to resist motion sickness.
The VR system would be immersive, with the virtual view substituting the real-life view right down the most trivial details. A stereoscopic view will give depth and will change as the user moves throughout the scene. Even the motion and acceleration of the vehicle would be mimicked inside the virtual environment.
Users driving the car in VR would have access to all the vehicle controls; even climate control can be set to ensure the driver is comfortable.
This technology could be used in both virtual reality and mixed reality situations.
Apple may reveal these glasses towards the end of 2020 with a launch date, probably in early 2021. Titled “Immersive Virtual Display,” the patent is a succession of another patent initiated by former NASA engineer Mark Rober.