Today, in the afternoon, it was reported that Apple has applied for a patent for a new technology that allows you to use voice commands to tell your car where you want to go. It means, you have to take care of navigation, driving, and parking but you need not worry about route and destination. The end result will be more or less a Siri-like system to control your car.
The patent application was named “Autonomous Vehicle Destination Signal Guidance” and it was originally filed on 2nd August 2019 but got published only last Thursday. The patent describes the technology as a new way to guide an autonomous vehicle to a destination by using voice commands, gestures, and touch screens.
The best part is, you don’t have to be specific about where you want to go. For example, if you tell your car voice assistant that you want to eat Indian food then it will find out the nearest Indian restaurant and show you its navigation. The patented technology can also find the best parking spot depending upon the product you want to buy.
The patent states: “For example, if you say ‘I want to buy some ornamental plants for my garden’ near a large retail mall, the navigation manager (as described in the technology) will make a decision and park the vehicle at the target. There are ‘horticultural’ or ‘horticultural suppliers’ near the entrance to the store. “The patent also describes another situation when you say” I want some coffee “and then the” navigation manager “will consider the coffee shop location comprehensively, Price, and your personal coffee shop patronage history to choose a coffee shop that best fits your situation. ”
Apart from voice, the assistant is also capable of understanding gestures, and touch-based signals. For example, if you point out to a specific parking spot, then your car will automatically park in the corresponding parking spot.
We have to wait and see what Apple does next. The company can simply use these technologies in its own designed cars or just sell the patent to other car companies.
Experts are considering that these tools might be integrated into Apple CarPlay later on. It should be noted that this is not Apple’s first self-driving patent. Back in November last year, the company issued a patent aimed at eliminating blind spots in cars in manual and autonomous driving modes.