A patent describing a technology called “method for locating a vehicle” details an Apple innovation that’s supposed to help drivers locate their cars and then be provided with step-by-step instructions to find it.
In other words, it’s more of a navigation app that always guides you to the car, and as many of us learned the hard way, this could come in really handy.
Apple’s system relies on a wireless connection between the iPhone and a navigation controller installed in the car. In theory, the whole thing could be powered by a central server that receives data from the car and then transmits it to the smartphone, so you should be able to use this technology even if you’re miles away from the vehicle.
But on the other hand, the system could also use Bluetooth, which means you must be in close proximity to the car. Bluetooth typically works up to some 25 meters if no walls or buildings are blocking the signal, and such a connection would allow the car and the smartphone to communicate directly for location data and navigation instructions.
The abstract section of the patent provides a closer look at how the technology is supposed to work:
“A portable computing device can be used to locate a vehicle in a parking structure. In particular, the portable computing device can communicate with a parking system that manages the parking structure and/or with a vehicle in order to locate the vehicle. Communications between the portable computing device, parking system and vehicle can be based on one or more wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and/or Bluetooth LE connections.”
As with any other patent, such a document is by no means the confirmation a certain technology is ready to enter mass production, but at least, it’s a good thing that more companies are now exploring ideas that would make our lives easier.