Apple’s Car Is Still in Doubt But the Firm Still Built a Next-Gen Climate System

Apple has provided very little information about its highly anticipated car, and while this project is still uncertain at this point, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker is definitely planning to invest heavily in the automotive market.
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And the way the company wants to conquer this side of the industry doesn’t necessarily come down to an Apple Car but to next-generation systems that could be used by other manufacturers.

Apple has recently been granted a patent for a so-called “climate control system with slit-vent fluid delivery,” which would technically get rid of the classic vents and instead use just one unit that would help cool the entire car.

The new a la Tesla system is described in a patent filed in May 2017 and approved in late August this year, with Apple explaining the built-in vents would still be adjustable to direct the flow according to your needs.

A climate control system includes a fluid delivery module. The fluid delivery module includes a housing defining a fluid flow path between an inlet and an outlet with the outlet having an elongated, slit-like shape and is not visible within a sight line of a user. The fluid delivery module further includes a fluidic control device disposed within the housing between the inlet and the outlet and movable to vary a direction of the fluid flow path within the housing,” the abstract section of the patent reads.

Of course, a patent is by no means a confirmation that certain technology is ready to enter mass production, but on the other hand, it’s still an indication as to what directions a company is planning to embrace in a specific industry.

For Apple, the electric car project, which is codenamed Titan, seems to remain a long-term priority, with more evidence discovered lately suggesting the Cupertino company is looking into self-driving software and deep integration with its device portfolio.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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