Apple receives patent for a “steering device for an articulated vehicle”

Apple receives patent for a “steering device for an articulated vehicle”

In a recently published report, blog Patently Apple has revealed that the US Patent Office has awarded a new patent to tech giant Apple. The new patent – US Patent 9,409,599 – is apparently the company’s first vehicle-related patent.

According to the report, the new patent, which was granted to Apple on Tuesday, August 9, is for a “steering device for an articulated vehicle.” The patent was filed by Apple in July 2015.

Going by the indications from the images for US Patent 9,409,599 granted to Apple, the bigwig tech company is apparently mulling the creation of some kind of an articulated bus – which has two connected coaches, and is being used in some cities – or a truck riding on tank treads rather than wheels.

Though the new patent received by Apple chiefly pertains to a "steering device" on large vehicles with pivot joints to facilitate them in taking a turn, the approved patent filing published on Tuesday has revealed that the invention may likely be intended for vehicles in a "war situation."

Since the invention has evidently been designed for better connecting and steering two compartments of a vehicle within a unique "ballistic protection" enclosure, Russell Phillips – a writer of military tech books – is of the opinion that the proposed technology will help bring about improvements in something like the Bandvagn 202 all-terrain truck which is used by the Swedish army.


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