GM has filed a patent application for an in-vehicle gaming system. The proposed gaming system would have the capability of incorporating a broad range of onboard features and sensors, providing the user with an interactive environment and augmented reality experience.
The new GM patent filing has been assigned application number US 2022/0047951 A1 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and was published on February 17th, 2022. The filing was originally made on August 12th, 2020. It’s titled “In-Vehicle Gaming Systems And Methods,” and lists the inventors as Syed B. Mehdi of Southfield, Michigan, Ke Liu of Ypslianti, Michigan, Louis G. Hector, Jr. of Shelby Township, Michigan, Wei Zeng of Oakland Township, Michigan, Jeremie Dernotte of Rochester, Michigan, Nicole Ellison of Madison Heights, Michigan, and Kevin J. Silang of Sterling Heights, Michigan.
The new GM patent incorporates not only an interactive game, but also onboard sensors to determine where the vehicle is and when it is in motion, a gaming module to execute the gaming application, the display of a virtual environment via one or more onboard displays, output of the game sounds via one or more onboard speakers, and controls for interacting with the game.
The patent also stipulates the inclusion of further onboard systems for augmented reality and sensory experiences. For example, the system could use GPS data and weather information to tailor the virtual environment based on the current weather, or use the HVAC system for heat, wind, and cooling effects, while also offering the use of augmented reality goggles.
This technology would be particularly useful in fully autonomous vehicles where passengers have an opportunity for entertainment while the onboard computers handle the tasks of driving.
As a potential complement to the GM in-vehicle gaming system, GM has also filed a patent for a new system that is designed to reduce visual media motion sickness, as GM Authority covered previously.