Apple patents car windshield that calls the garage when it cracks


Apple knows a thing or two about cracked screens, which may explain why the computer giant has filed a patent for a car windshield that notifies the owner when it’s damaged.

A patent uncovered this week describes a system that would use conductive film between two layers of glass to monitor if there’s been damage.

While most drivers would notice if a chunk of their windshield was gouged out, the proposed system could identify fractures and nicks before they became serious.

It might one day even notify your car’s computer to book an appointment at the garage automatically, according to the application.

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A patent filed by Apple that was uncovered this week describes a system that would monitor for windshield damage. It could alert the driver about small fractures before they became big cracks

A patent filed by Apple that was uncovered this week describes a system that would monitor for windshield damage. It could alert the driver about small fractures before they became big cracks

The patent, which was filed by Apple in August but unearthed by CNET this week, suggests control circuitry could launch an email or text message to the driver advising them to schedule a repair.

It could even set up an appointment ‘automatically without intervention by the user or following a brief confirmation from the user.’

And should your car be an autonomous vehicle, it could drive itself in for repairs while you slept.

The patent lists Apple as the applicant with Apple product design engineers Martin Melcher, Christopher D. Jones and James R. Wilson as the inventors.

Of course, there may be a day where your windshield heals itself: Last month, a patent application filed by Apple described a ‘self-healing’ screen that could be used to repair cracked iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and other devices.

The application was light on specifics, except that the screen would employ a layer of elastomer, a pliant material that returns to its original form when heated.

According to the application, the windshield system could even set up an appointment for repair ‘automatically without intervention by the user or following a brief confirmation from the user’

A diagram of how Apple's windshield alert system could work, using conductive film between two layers of glass to create an infrared shield that would pick up damage

A diagram of how Apple’s windshield alert system could work, using conductive film between two layers of glass to create an infrared shield that would pick up damage

It’s probably too delicate to be used in a car…

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