Rumor has it that Apple is making its first passenger electric vehicle (EV) which is expected to launch by 2025- 2027. A new sunroof patent granted to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office reveals that the EV could feature a variable opacity glass to change its transparency.
A previously granted patent reveals that Apple’s EV could offer a new “Active Glare Suppression System” to actively block bright lights from disrupting the driver’s view.
Apple Car will allow drivers to control the degree of sunlight through the sunroof
The filing, seen by 9to5Mac, describes a new sunroof technology of Apple’s EV which will allow the driver to control how much sunlight do they want to pass through when the panel is closed.
Another aspect of the disclosed embodiments is a vehicle that includes a window and a variable translucence area defined on the window. The variable translucence area is controllable to allow a desired degree of light admission through the window. A movable panel assembly is movable between a closed position and an open position.
The design detailed in the new patent is similar to a concept created by Vanarama of the alleged EV. The futuristic 3-D model has a tinted all-glass top: windows and the roof.
Based on previously granted patents and rumors, Apple Car will feature a revolutionary battery to give a longer range on lower consumption than the currently used lithium batteries in other EVs like Tesla. It is said that it will offer level 5 self-driving autonomy which does not require any human intervention to control or operate the EV, LiDAR scanners for navigation, external LED to displays its actions, and more.
Allegedly, the company is in talks with South Korean manufacturers to finalize the supply chain for its EV and it might be manufactured at Foxconn’s new Lordstown Motors Corp’s auto plant in Ohio, U.S.