Apple wants the Maps app on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch to help you find the best possible parking spot. The company has been granted a patent (number 10,354,531) for a “system and method for identifying available parking locations.”
In the patent filing, Apple notes that arriving at a destination and knowing ahead of time where parking locations are available can be a more convenient way to travel. The tech giant says that existing solutions, particularly those accessible from a network and which can be used to comprehensively assist in navigation and locate available parking, “are not available, highly localized, or otherwise highly limited.” Apple thinks it can do better.
Here’s the summary of the invention: “Aspects of the present disclosure involve a method for identifying parking locations. The current disclosure presents a technique for identifying parking locations within a geographical area. In one embodiment, a database is populated and stores information associated with parking locations.
“The database can include coordinates associated with parking locations and other relevant attributes. In another embodiment, the information from the database may be used to identify and present a visual representation and route to available parking locations.”
Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.
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