Remembering where you parked your car, especially in large busy car parks, is no mean feat, which is why the smartphone era has exploded with apps that will remember where you parked so you don’t have to. Google Now even included such a feature in one of its recent updates, and now it looks like Apple is planning on doing something similar with its own virtual assistant.
The two patents filed describe “Automatic identification of vehicle location” and “Vehicle location in weak location signal scenarios”, and according to the patent descriptions it’ll enable your iPhone to connect with your car, even when there is little or no signal, via CarPlay, which will then transmit data via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Also mentioned is being able to ask Siri to “Find my car”, which could be useful for easy car location in car parks as well as attempting to track down stolen vehicles in the same vein as Apple’s existing “find my iPhone” service.
These are just patents for now, which only shows that Apple has considered the idea and not that it is definitely working on it. But with Apple’s ongoing work into integrating iOS with a car’s internal systems it wouldn’t be surprising if the patents became a reality in the next few years. [Cult of Mac via Ubergizmo]
By Tom Pritchard | August 22nd, 2014