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Apple Patents VR Concept to Assuage Car Sickness and Boredom

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Long road trips are a challenge not just for drivers, but for passengers—especially those suffering from motion sickness and/or boredom. Apple’s latest concept could change this.

The company has just filed a patent for a virtual reality (VR) technology system that vehicles could implement. The concept involves controllers, projectors, and VR headsets that the passengers would use to enter the virtual experience. The goal is to provide a mental and physical distraction from motion sickness and boredom, to help passengers have a more pleasant experience when they have to embark on long journeys.

Apple’s concept offers a range of experiences users can choose from, including perusing a scenic landscape, hang-gliding, or participating in a zombie chase. Any fans of The Walking Dead can rejoice at the last adventure option.

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The system would incorporate the vehicle’s speed and actions into the simulation, for a seamless VR experience. As Apple’s patent articulated, “If the vehicle stops at a red light or for some other reason when fleeing zombies in a post-apocalyptic landscape, the virtual experience may cause the vehicle to appear to stall and not allow the car to be restarted until the light turns green to build suspense.”

Apple plans on incorporating the concept into its self-driving vehicle initiative dubbed “Project Titan.” Though, it’s possible that the system could be used as an add-on accessory for non self-driving vehicles.

We await more details about this exciting technology as Apple’s patent progresses through the approval process. In the meantime, why not download that new zombie apocalypse game you’ve been meaning to try out, to sharpen your zombie-escaping skills?

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News Sources: CNET, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office