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An Apple Car has been rumored for years, and this recently discovered patent just might confirm that they’re working on building one. To be more specific, patent describes a system that uses electrical current to detect cracks and other issues in glass. Sure, the iPhone, iPad and iMac all use glass, but the patent sketches show that it’s specifically for car windshields. It consists of a conductive film that sits between layers of glass. Read more to see the patent sketches and for additional information.
When you combine this system with AI, the car will be able to tell you when to bring it in for service, even if the crack is microscopic. Segmented terminals and elongated terminals could be coupled to the edges of the conductive layers. This meanas that control circuitry can apply localized ohmic heating currents and can make resistance measurements on the conductive layers to detect cracks.
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Terminals formed from elongated strips of metal may be coupled to the edges of one or more of the conductive layers in the window. The terminals may include segmented terminals and terminals that extend across the entire width or height of the window. Elongated terminals may extend past multiple segmented terminals. Using these terminals, the control circuitry can apply localized ohmic heating currents and can make resistance measurements on the conductive layers to detect cracks,” according to the patent.