Apple Wins 3 Project Titan Patents covering a Unique Adjustable Windows System, a Navigation System and an Electric Motor
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 56 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three granted patents relating to Apple's Project Titan. The first patent covers a novel adjustable vehicle windows system where for the first time, drivers will be able to actually adjust the tint of each window and much more. The second granted patent covers an autonomous vehicle navigation system while the third granted patent relates to a new electric motor design.
1: Systems with Adjustable Windows
Apple has been granted patent 10,625,580 titled "Systems with adjustable windows." Apple's granted patent introduces a very novel approach to controlling window affects like adjustable tinting.
Apple's first Project Titan related patent covers a system for a vehicle that could provide adjustable structures such as adjustable windows. Adjustable windows may have adjustable layers such as adjustable tint layers, adjustable reflectivity layers, and adjustable haze layers. Adjustable window layers may be incorporated into a window with one or more transparent structural layers such as a pair of glass window layers. Adjustable components such as adjustable reflectivity layers, adjustable haze layers, and adjustable tint layers may be interposed between the pair of glass window layers. Fixed partially reflective mirrors, fixed tint layers, and/or fixed haze layers may be used in place of adjustable tint, haze, and reflectivity layers and/or may be incorporated into windows in addition to adjustable tint, haze, and reflectivity layers.
Apple's patent FIG. 6 below is a table in which illustrative window settings and associated optical properties have been listed for a window with adjustable tint, haze, and reflectivity.
2: Cognitive Load Routing Metric for Vehicle Guidance
Apple's second Project Titan has been granted patent 10,627,248 titled "Cognitive load routing metric for vehicle guidance."
Vehicle routing systems can offer a driver of the vehicle routing options that vary a navigation route for the vehicle. The routing system can receive an input from the driver as to preferences for traveling a fastest route, a shortest route, a toll-free route, a highway-based route, a highway-free route, etc. Selection of the navigation route by the routing system can be based both on the input from the driver and a routing metric that gives weight to calculated and/or determined routing factors such as estimated time to traverse a route, total distance to a destination, types of roadways on a route (e.g., numbers of lanes, frequency of traffic signals, etc.), and presence of toll stations on a respective route. Apple's patent covers a method for selecting a navigation route for a vehicle.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 below is a diagram showing vehicles in a transportation system; FIG. 4 is a flow chart of a method of selecting a navigation route for a vehicle.
3: Electric Motor with Bar Wound Stator and End Turn Cooling
Apple's granted patent 10,630,127 is directed to bar wound electric motors that include end turn assemblies that allow for cooling to reduce the temperature of the end turns and phase windings of the electric motors.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 below is a side cross-section view of an electric motor; FIG. 2 is an exploded view showing an upper end turn assembly, phase windings, and a stator of the electric motor of FIG. 1; FIG. 8 is a perspective view showing an annular cooling manifold.