Apple patents AR maps solution

Apple patents AR maps solution
Rumors have been going around that Apple is looking into AR and VR solutions for quite some time now. And we've already seen some patents that back these statements up. The latest one, however, might be among the more interesting.

Just today Apple was granted a patent for “Augmented reality maps”. According to the patent description, Apple is looking into using AR for navigational purposes. For example, a user would be able to select a nearby point of interest, or search it on the web, and get the route displayed on top of a live video feed from a smartphone's camera or similar video capturing device. The system will automatically detect the device's orientation, tilt, field of view and GPS location and will be able to point the user in the right direction. For example, if you're facing south, but your route is to the north, an indicator would appear on the screen to let you know you have to turn around.

Unlike regular GPS solutions, users won't have to rely on bird-view maps only. In fact, if the presented drawings are something to go by, the route would be drawn on the video feed as a line, going down the street, turning around corners and so on.

The drawings associated with the patent also show that the technology will be able to overlay street names and addresses over the live video feed. So, if it works as it claims, you'll be able to point your camera at a random house and get its street address right there, on your smartphone's screen.

The search bar is also shown directly on top of the live feed, which will address an issue described in the patent – users won't have to rely on separate apps for navigation, POI search and AR guidance. All of this will be packed in one neat little package and displayed right there, on top of what your camera sensor picks up.

With Apple being rumored to scale their self-driving car project down to car accessories and related tech, the solution could pave the way for a new generation of car navigation. Especially with more cameras being fitted onto newer car models, this AR patent could prove to be a pretty good driving companion, if you're not sure where you're going.

source: USPTO via AppleInsider



1. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

This sounds like a next step up from Google Street view/ Google earth.

2. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes, that and also copied features from AR Layar

3. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

If you talked more about Huawei Mate 9, wasn't better? Than talk about banalities?

4. tommy_vercetti

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

LOL! typical Apple. filed a patent for something which has already been done by others Hint : layar, nokia city lens watch?v=itlychSY-1A

5. Khyron

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Even a blackberry app have this feature with bb OS 7.2

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

How the heck do they keep getting these patents? people have already created this... This is just getting disgusting.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The great artist is at it yet again, shamelessly patenting what other's have already materialized...

8. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Apple = Biggest and WORST patent troll! But Trump will stopp all this now. Trump as president = Apple downfall!

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