Apple Won 60 Patents Today covering a Future Vehicle Vision System, a Beats Headphone Design Patent and more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 60 newly granted patents today. Our final granted report of the day covers a vital autonomous vehicle vision system that could filter out glaring light that could interfere with the vehicle's navigation system. Apple was also granted a few design patents including Beats headphones and more. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Project Titan: A Vehicle Camera Shading System that Eliminates Blinding Light Glare
Patently Apple posted a patent application report back in March 2018 titled "Apple reveals a Vital Safety System for Autonomous Vehicle's focused on eliminating Blinding Light Glare." Today Apple was granted that patent.
Apple notes in their granted patent that imaging devices, such as cameras, focus light from a scene onto an image sensor. Some vehicles use one or more cameras in a vehicle vision system to assist, for example, with lane changes, parking, and rearward view while performing a reversing maneuver. These vehicle vision systems can provide additional information to a vehicle operator, allowing the operator to make safe driving decisions.
Glare is something that can interfere with a vehicle vision assist system. As an example, Apple notes that glare from the sun or off of the roadway, can affect the vehicle vision system. Changes in lighting conditions can occur suddenly and impact the scene captured by the imaging devices. Therefore, an autonomous vehicle vision system should be able to perform in many kinds of lighting conditions.
Apple's invention and granted patent covers systems and methods that can be used to regulate light received at an image sensor, and ultimately as part of maneuvering an autonomous vehicle.
n Apple's patent FIG. 7 below we're able to see a top view of autonomous vehicle #700 which could include a front portion #702, rear portion #704, driver side #706, passenger side #708, and roof #710. The vehicle could include any number of cameras 100A-H. In some embodiments, the cameras could be protected by an additional housing, for example, a transparent covering.
For more details you can check out our original patent application report here or review Apple's granted patent 10,356,335 issued today by the U.S. Patent Office.
Key Design Patents issued today
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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