Apple has filed a patent that sheds new light on its rumored car plans. The I-Phone maker filed a document on Tuesday titled 'Haptic feedback for dynamic seating system' that describes a futuristic car seat capable of interacting with passengers in various ways.
Seats might alert users via vibrating signals or fold to put the passenger in a more secure position. The tools could potentially be used to improve safety in a self-driving car - something Apple has been testing via Lexus SUVs equipped with sensors and cameras.
The seats are fitted with sensors that would trigger a 'haptic feedback system' that vibrates to alert drivers when they should pay attention. Existing systems might beep when a car veers in a certain direction, but the patent proposes seats that would vibrate if a vehicle drifts too close to a lane line while it's being driven.
'The method includes receiving external information relating to conditions that are external to the vehicle; determining that feedback is to be applied based on the external information; calculating a feedback level based on a degree of deviation of the external information from a predetermined state, and actuating a seating assembly based on the feedback level,' the patent noted.'For example, if adverse driving conditions or aggressive driving behaviors are detected by any of the vehicle sensors, the inclination of the back of the seat and the tension of the restraint can be adjusted.' We hope that this new venture by Apple will be helpful in making roads safer.