Auto Experts Use Apple Patents To Create Interactive 3D Model Of What Apple Car Could Look Like


Vanarama’s automotive experts have created a awesome interactive 3d model of what they think the Apple Car might look like based on Apple’s official patents. The concept shows both the exterior and interior design of the car. The template explains design decisions using helpful notes that detail the relevant Apple patent. This is perhaps the best look at some of the ideas Apple could incorporate into its future car project.

Exterior and chassis

Vanarama’s model is fully 3D, allowing you to rotate the car 360º to see the front, sides and back. The design seems to be inspired by the Cybertruck, but with more rounded corners. The first thing you’ll probably notice is the pillarless design of the glass cover that includes the windows, sunroof, and windshields. This particular patent, US10384519B1, shows that Apple invented a way to build a car without the need for the chassis to stick out of the doors, dividing different panels of glass.

The exterior of the car also uses adaptive doors from patent US10384519B1. Vanarama has taken the liberty of adding an extra Apple touch here, such as a Mac Pro-style mesh grille up front, a soft white chassis, and retractable door handles.

Interior & software

Inside, Vanarama has modeled a large continuous touchscreen that spans the entire dashboard. The patent US20200214148A1 would allow Apple to integrate a seamless ultra-wide screen. Vanarama took this continuous dashboard design and poked fun at some Apple software for a car. It uses several patents to imagine a fully customizable control and information dashboard, as well as a version of Siri that acts as a smart driving assistant.

If you take a closer look, you can see smooth temperature controls, a launcher to open apps similar to CarPlay, Siri’s waveform, playback controls, and more. It seems they even incorporated a display in the center of the steering wheel, which as you can see is not a circle.

What we think

Of course, since this concept simply uses Apple patents and not actual designs, this is pure speculation. Apple’s first patents rarely reveal what a product will look like when it finally hits the market. But, it’s arguably the first truly realistic concept for the Apple car we’ve seen yet. It’s pretty reasonable and don’t think too big. Its design is trendy and suitable for the target audience.

There are two things here that in my opinion stand out as highly unlikely in an Apple car. The first is that Apple logos are everywhere in this concept. I think, knowing Apple, that the placement of the logo would be very minimal. The design of the car will be distinct enough that anyone can instantly recognize it without even seeing the logo. I would bet there will only be one in the front and back. Second, I doubt the steering wheel is not a perfect circle. Apple likes harmonious symmetrical designs, and the one depicted in this concept just doesn’t suit me.

What do you think of Vanarama’s Apple Car concept? Make sure to check it out and let us know in the comments below!

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