Let the Apple Car rumors roll on. Apple has been granted a patent (number 11,173766) for a “suspension system with locking structure.”
About the patent
In the patent data, Apple notes that active suspension actuators can change the ride height of a vehicle. By continuous operation of the active suspension actuator, a particular height can be maintained.
Summary of the patent
Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “A suspension component includes a suspension spring, a screw actuator that is operable to compress and decompress the suspension spring upon supply of electrical power to the screw actuator, and locking structure that engages a portion of the screw actuator to restrain motion of the screw actuator to maintain a current degree of compression of the suspension spring.”
When might we see an Apple Car?
The status of an Apple auto is unclear. On June 2, Bloomberg reported that Apple has lost “several” top managers from its “Apple Car” project. Here’s what the report says: Apple Inc. has lost multiple top managers of its self-driving car team in recent months, a sign of attrition at the division involved in what could become an important future product.
If an Apple Car ever arrives, it probably won’t arrive until 2024 at the earliest. In fact, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn’t expect it until at least 2025.The accompanying graphic illustrates a vehicle comprising a transparent surface which provides an augmented reality display that modifies occupant-perceived information presented by a sign located in the external environment.
Article provided with permission from AppleWorld.Today