Apple might try to turn your car into a cockpit

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Apple's first car product might be a heads-up display.
Apple's first car product might be a heads-up display.
Photo: Milan Nykodym/Flickr

Apple is looking to bring fighter-jet technology to your car’s dashboard, according to a new report that claims the iPhone maker is working on a 27- to 50-inch heads-up display for automobiles that will be completely controlled by gestures.

The heads-up display would be used to project vivid icons and other information for drivers for while on the road, claims tech analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research. It should be noted that  Chowdhry and GER have no track record for providing reliable Apple scoops, so take this rumor with an iPhone 6 Plus-size serving of skepticism.

It’s been rumored for months that Tim Cook gave the green light to an Apple-made electric car last year called Project Titan. Hundreds of employees are already working on the project, and Apple has scooped up top talent from Tesla, Mercedes and other automakers as well.

What the ambitions of the car project actually are is anyone’s guess, but many believe Apple’s working on more than just a new way to display info to drivers.

The curved-glass screen would be wired with sensors, according to Chowdhry, who claims the heads-up display could be Apple’s “next generation” device.

We’re not sure why Apple would need to make screen sizes for the display, rather than projecting onto the windshield.  Garmin already makes a $105 dashboard-mounted display that reflects off your windshield. Navdy also makes a heads-up display that comes with gesture controls so you can interact with your iPhone or Android hands-free.

It could be that the heads-up display is merely one component of Apple’s play to remake the auto industry. Whatever the tech giant is cooking up won’t likely hit roads until 2020 at the earliest, if it ever comes out.

Via: Washington Post