Apple Patents New Sunroof Tech

We're used to seeing Apple patents demonstrating new technology that the company is testing in its gadgets, but this one is a little unusual. Apple was given a patent for a car sunroof by the US Patent and Trademark Office this week, but it's not for an iPhone or iPad.

The Apple-patented sunroof contains variable opacity glass, which allows the driver to modify the transparency of the sunroof. The patent also shows that the sunroof opens in tandem with the side windows, but contemporary automobiles with similar features have a fixed sunroof, according to MotorTrend.

Here’s part of the patent description:

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.

In other words, drivers of the alleged "Apple Car" will have the option of letting sunlight into the car without having to open the sunroof or opening it entirely to receive some fresh air. It's not difficult to picture Apple Car sunroof changes being accessible via CarPlay or even Siri.

The most crucial aspect of this patent, though, is that it confirms all of the claims that Apple is working on its own car. 

According to recent rumors, Apple is still developing and testing a new self-driving vehicle system, as well as discussing production plans with other companies. Even if all of the reports are true, the Apple Car will not be released for another 3-4 years, especially because the business has been losing several engineers from the car project team.

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