Technology companies all over the world take VR technology very seriously. It can offer many different benefits, although not all of them are apparent as of right now. For Apple, it seems their next objective comes in the form of easing motion sickness in self-driving cars. Surprisingly enough, the company thinks VR can help them achieve that goal.
An Ambitious Goal by Apple?
It is commendable to see companies like Apple focus on real-world use cases for virtual reality. Looking beyond the gaming and entertainment aspect of this technology has been somewhat problematic over the years. The technology giant recently filed a patent pertaining to VR technology and self-driving cars. More specifically, the technology giant aims to reduce motion sickness in self-driving cars by experimenting with VR.
To most people, this makes no sense whatsoever. Motion sickness and VR seem to go hand-in-hand these days. As such, one question whether or not to his approach can effectively work. Even so, Apple’s patent clearly outlines other use cases for this technology. It seems a VR heads-up display will take center stage on the car’s windshield if the technology giant has its way.
As such, the technology can be used to turn car rides into an entertainment-filled experience or a way to work while traveling. It is a very complex patent that can fit a lot of different use cases, although it remains to be seen which one Apple will effectively pursue. Solving motion sickness seems to be the most pressing aspects to explore, though.
Even though this patent has been filed, it doesn’t mean Apple will ever use it. Commercializing such products will not be easy and requires rigorous testing first and foremost. It is a neat idea by Apple and one that can have many different implications. Unfortunately, we may never see it in real life, unless the company proves us all wrong in the end.
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