Car experts over at Vanarama have created an impressive interactive 3D model of what they think the Apple Car could look like based on official Apple patents. The concept shows both the external design as well as the interior of the car. The model explains design decisions using helpful notes that detail the relevant Apple patent. It might be the best look at some of the ideas Apple could incorporate into its future car project.
Given it’s considered a top-priority product, the Cupertino-based tech giant is fully enforcing its secrecy, and so the company isn’t saying a single thing about the Apple Car. On the other hand, the company’s continuously growing number of patents is proof that Apple is working on something big on the automotive front.
The Apple Car looks totally doable in all these digital concepts, with the interior, in particular, envisioning a new approach that would allow drivers to configure the position of controls.
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Vanarama’s model is fully 3D, letting you rotate the car 360º to see the front, sides, and back. The design appears to take some inspiration from the Cybertruck, albeit with rounded corners.
The first thing you will probably notice is the pillarless design of the glass cover that includes the windows, sunroof, and windshields.
The exterior of the car also uses adaptive doors from patent US10384519B1. Vanarama here took the liberty to add some additional Apple flare, like a Mac Pro-style mesh grille on the front, a soft white chassis, and retractable door handles.
On the inside, Vanarama has modelled a large continuous touch display that extends across the entire dashboard. It uses several patents to imagine a fully customizable dashboard of controls and information, as well as a version of Siri that acts as an intelligent driving assistant.
While the renderings look impressive, it doesn’t necessarily mean this is an idea that Apple would end up using. The tech giant is very likely to remain completely tight-lipped on its EV project, but according to people close to the source, the car could debut in 2025 if everything works according to the plan.