It seems it is becoming more and more often that Apple is being granted Apple Car patents. The company is doing a pretty good job hiding most Project Titan activity, but patents are public information. Apple has tried to hide the information by filing the patents under the name of the inventor, rather than Apple. One of the most recent car-related patents was originally filed this way and the same inventor was responsible for another recent Apple Car patent.
The latter was a vehicle collision detection patent. Apple’s newest patent will cover in-vehicle navigation, and take over if GPS fails. One main failure in GPS systems is not knowing what “branch” of the road a vehicle is on, and not noticing immediately when a car exits the freeway. Another GPS problem is the impact of obstacles, specifically tall buildings, in big cities. The system loses its signal. Also, when a user changes directions, or doesn’t follow the GPS instructions, re-routing can often take too long, forcing the driver to backtrack or re-route again.
The patent will allow Apple to use wireless electronic equipment for location identification and navigation. The equipment could be in the form of mobile devices or other types of “new” mobile equipment. The equipment would be able to be mounted virtually anywhere and be capable of sending and receiving location signals instantly.
A second patent was also recently reported. The user would have a permanent key that would control all typical vehicle functions. This could include new tech such as summoning and parking the vehicle. However, add to this the ability for the user to create fully functional temporary keys for others.
The car owner could go so far as to choose what functions the temporary key could access. For instance, if given to a valet, it may only start and drive the vehicle. If the owner was to lend the car to a friend or family member, maybe all options would be chosen. The car owner could also set time limits, speed limits, distance limits, etc. A parent could limit use of a vehicle for a child to a set amount of time, during a certain specified time of day, and within pre-selected driving parameters.
These patents point much more to the reality of an Apple Car. Specifically, this key patent seems to say that there would be no other reason that Apple would need such a feature without a car to use it in.
Source: Patently Apple