By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline Apple could soon revolutionise how people spend their time on the road by building virtual reality ‘entertainment hubs’ into self-driving cars. The firm has filed a patent that describes how passengers in autonomous vehicles could pass the time with VR headsets.

The headsets would allow passengers to play games, or, if they choose, create a ‘relaxing’ environment for them while on their journey. Apple also suggests that future cars could lack windows, instead using interior screens alongside the VR headsets to display virtual surroundings.  Apple could soon revolutionise how people spend their time on the road by building virtual reality ‘entertainment hubs’ into self-driving cars.

The firm has filed a patent that describes how passengers in autonomous vehicles could pass the time with virtual reality headsets  By replacing windows with screens, the passengers will be able to see the real-world or the roads of a different city. This could also help combat motion sickness, Apple claims. In the patent application, Apple describes the technology as a way to ‘address problems with vehicles in motion that may result in motion sickness for passengers.’  Apple adds: ‘Passengers may choose to have relaxing virtual experiences while riding in a vehicle such as floating down a river or soaring over the landscape in a hang glider, or exciting virtual experiences such as a car chase or driving through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with zombies attacking, or anything in between.’

As well as the adrenaline-pumping options, a more practical and less exciting option is also suggested; a board meeting.  As well as the adrenaline-pumping options, a more practical and less exciting option is also suggested; a board meeting. People can better utilise the commute time and turn their autonomous car into a virtual conference room  Apple says: ‘Two or more people may hold a meeting as avatars around a table in a virtual environment, for example in a virtual room or on the bed of a flatbed truck’.

This is one of the benefits of combining VR with autonomous vehicles  Virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of an environment or situation In contrast, augmented reality layers computer-generated images on top of an existing reality ‘Two or more people may hold a meeting as avatars around a table in a virtual environment, for example in a virtual room or on the bed of a flatbed truck,’ according to the patent.   Substituting windows for screens will also save money and improve safety as the glass segments compromise structural integrity in current vehicles. Virtual images could be synchronised with the movement of the car. Read more from dailymail.co.uk…

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