Apple Patents: Apple – Dude, Where’s My Car?

Apple Patents: Are you the type of person who always loses their car in a crowded lot or garage? If so, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is working on technology to help you out.

Believe it or not, this is a common problem that many people face on a daily basis. For one reason or the next, some just can’t find their vehicle no matter how hard they try, Apple users included.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) to be Added to Several WisdomTree ETFsWhile Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is always filing new patents, this is one you may want to pay attention to: Method for Locating a Vehicle.

Sounds pretty simple, right? Here is the abstract of the patent, giving a basic overview of what this technology would be able to do for people like you:

“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.”

Despite the fact that this may sound simple enough, there is a lot of technology involved. Fortunately, this is right up Apple’s alley. If anybody would be able to pull off this feat, helping drivers like yourself, it would be Cupertino.

The way that the system would work is relatively straight forward.

As you begin to search for your vehicle, your Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) mobile device will have the ability to access a location system used by the parking structure. From there, the information sent from the location system is synched with the vehicle location.

Best yet, you are then provided with a path back to your vehicle.

In a small parking structure this may not be a huge deal. But imagine how helpful this could be if you were parked in a huge garage with many floors and thousands of spaces? If you lose your car you are in trouble.

It is important to note, just like all patents from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), that the technology is not necessarily going to make its way to the public anytime soon. However, it is nice to see that the company is working on something that could solve a common, everyday problem.

The patent was filed for on October 20, 2011 and lists the inventors as Brian Tucker, Emily Schubert, Jesse Dorogusker, Joakim Linde, and Stephen Chick.

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