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Apple could soon revolutionise how people spend their time on the road by building virtual reality 'entertainment hubs' into self-driving cars.

 

The firm has filed a patent that describes how passengers in autonomous vehicles could pass the time with VR headsets.

 

The headsets would allow passengers to play games, or, if they choose, create a 'relaxing' environment for them while on their journey.

 

Apple also suggests that future cars could lack windows, instead using interior screens alongside the VR headsets to display virtual surroundings. 

 

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Apple could soon revolutionise how people spend their time on the road by building virtual reality 'entertainment hubs' into self-driving cars. The firm has filed a patent that describes how passengers in autonomous vehicles could pass the time with virtual reality headsets 

 

By replacing windows with screens, the passengers will be able to see the real-world or the roads of a different city.

 

This could also help combat motion sickness, Apple claims.

 

In the patent application, Apple describes the technology as a way to 'address problems with vehicles in motion that may result in motion sickness for passengers.'

 

Apple adds: 'Passengers may choose to have relaxing virtual experiences while riding in a vehicle such as floating down a river or soaring over the landscape in a hang glider, or exciting virtual experiences such as a car chase or driving through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with zombies attacking, or anything in between.'

 

As well as the adrenaline-pumping options, a more practical and less exciting option is also suggested; a board meeting.

As well as the adrenaline-pumping options, a more practical and less exciting option is also suggested; a board meeting. People can better utilise the commute time and turn their autonomous car into a virtual conference room 
Apple says: 'Two or more people may hold a meeting as avatars around a table in a virtual environment, for example in a virtual room or on the bed of a flatbed truck'. This is one of the benefits of combining VR with autonomous vehicles 

 

'Two or more people may hold a meeting as avatars around a table in a virtual environment, for example in a virtual room or on the bed of a flatbed truck,' according to the patent.  

 

Substituting windows for screens will also save money and improve safety as the glass segments compromise structural integrity in current vehicles.

 

Virtual images could be synchronised with the movement of the car.

 

The patent suggests an 'active seat' that uses motion sensors to detect and then incorporate the physical effects of driving into virtual environments.

 

Rumours have long circulated that Apple is getting involved in the race to autonomous cars. 

 

Despite a statement from last year claiming that Apple is not developing its own vehicles, it seems to speeding ahead with its self-driving program.

 

The iPhone maker has nearly doubled its fleet of autonomous test vehicles in California over the last few months, according to the Financial Times.

 

In January, Apple was operating 27 self-driving cars on the roads, but that number has since grown to 45 vehicles, data from California's Department of Motor Vehicles shows.

Filed in September 2017 and published last week, the patent also states that there could be some AR (augmented reality) involvement
By The patent proposes at least one VR controller that generates virtual content for projection and a mechanism for projecting onto the screens. Visual images are then synchronised with the movement of the car

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