Let the Apple Car rumors roll on. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20200346527) for a “system with windows” that involves … well … windows for an automobile.
In the patent filing, Apple says that vehicle windows sometimes include laminated glass layers. This may be used, for example, to provide strength to front windshields. Apple says it can be challenging, however, to incorporate desired features into vehicle windows without creating structures that are vulnerable to damage or that do not offer desired levels of performance.
The tech giant wants to make durable windows with multiple features. What sort of features? The ability to electronically adjust a sunroof or implement an electrically adjustable shade for a side, front, or rear window.
As I’ve said before, I don’t foresee Apple making a full-fledged automobile from scratch. Instead, I think it will work with current auto manufacturers to implement the MANY automobile technologies on which it’s working.
Here’s the summary of the patent filing: “A window may have a structural window layer such as a structural window layer formed from laminated glass layers. A thin chemically strengthened glass layer may be coupled to an inwardly facing surface of the structural window layer. A guest-host liquid crystal light modulator layer or other electrically adjustable optical component layer may be interposed between the chemically strengthened glass layer and the structural window layer. An infrared light-blocking coating may be formed on an inwardly facing surface of one of the pair of laminated glass layers. The inwardly facing surface of the thin chemically strengthened glass layer may be provided with a coating that includes a low emissivity layer to block heat and that serves as an antireflection coating.”