October 29, 2020

Apple’s automotive ambitions extend far beyond self-driving systems

For a product that Apple still hasn’t officially admitted that it was working on, the “Apple Car” is getting a lot of research and development work, including steering, ventilation, and software-based self-adjusting sensors.

Self-adjusting sensors

“Multi-sensor real-time alignment and calibration,” one of the newly granted patents, is to do with “real-time alignment and calibration” of multiple sensors that the “Apple Car” will use.

“An autonomous vehicle includes numerous optical sensors configured to sense a surrounding environment around the vehicle,” says Apple. “The optical sensors provide information regarding the environment to the vehicle such that the vehicle is spatially aware of the vehicle’s surroundings in order to determine an appropriate action.”

Projectors display a known pattern and then sensors compare their alignment to it

Projectors display a known pattern and then sensors compare their alignment to it

That makes sense, and it’s also something we’re used to seeing from Tesla cars. However, Apple is concerned with how these sensors perform over the long

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