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Apple is investigating how Apple Car interprets voice commands through the growth of Siri technology, determining the best place to pay the user in response, then asking for more details about where to park.
You’ve already lost the ability to remember the street names on your roads, you’re only used to Apple Maps when it says when you have to turn left or right. Now it seems like Apple wants to save you thinking about driving routes, and even destinations, at all.
“Guiding Autonomous Vehicles at Destination Destinations Using Intent Signs” is a newly disclosed patent application relating to the use of autonomous driving in an Apple Car. In particular, it concerns the user interface and how the driver or passenger can control the vehicle’s lane when there is no steering wheel or brakes.
“Because of the multitude of options typically available regarding vehicle trajectories in real-world environments,” says the patent, occupant input or guidance regarding the choice of vehicle trajectories (without the need for conventional steering, braking, acceleration and the like) may be of great value to components Motion control for such vehicles.”
“However, providing interfaces for such routing that are intuitive and easy to use, particularly in environments such as parking lots for which detailed and/or accurate map data may not be available, may present a not simple challenge,” he continues.
Apple’s patent application repeatedly refers to “authorized individual” – who does not need to be the driver – and to “signals of intent”. An intent signal is not a turn indicator that is used to tell other drivers of the intent to turn, it is any means of conveying what the user wants to the vehicle.
For example,” Apple continues, “if an individual says ‘I’d like to buy some plants for my garden’ near a large retail store, the navigation manager may decide that it is best to park the vehicle near the entrance that is marked as ‘Gardening’ or ‘Gardening Supplies’. “.”
In this case, the car not only determined the best place to park, but first interpreted the user’s statement and decided to drive to the nearby “big retail store”.
Instead, says the patent application, there could be a dropdown, where “the user might first indicate the equivalent of ‘let’s go to the big retailer’.” Then there could be later levels of the menu, allowing the user to “choose Among the options “Park near the main entrance”, “Part near the entrance to the park “…”
Or, instead of having the user tap on the touch screen menus, the car can simply talk to the user.
“[In] In response to detection of an arrival in the vicinity of a destination, the navigation manager may request input from the authorized person, “Apple communicates,” for example, by causing an audible signal similar to “We are approaching the store. Should I park my car near the main entrance?” to be created.”
Since you can’t be bothered with a store setting, since you’re not driving, and since you might be engrossed in Apple TV+, the car doesn’t need to wait for you.
“Default criteria can be used to define a breakpoint if an individual fails to provide timely input on some models,” says the patent application.
There is nothing in this patent application about how to define an “authorized individual”. So there might be some driving in the back seat, even in an Apple Car.
Likewise, there is no mention in this proposal about privacy, or about how a car determines the best place to drive to. At least because it’s going to use Apple Maps, you know the criteria will be something about proximity, not whether the store has paid Apple anything.
This patent application is attributed to six inventors. These include Scott M. Hurts and Carlin Way Park, whose previous work together includes a related patent relating to a car windshield navigation display.