2 Gesture-Based Vehicle Controls
It’s not just traffic cop directions that Apple is taking into account. Another patent, “Gesture based control of autonomous vehicles,” describes a system for passengers of a self-driving car to give instructions or otherwise control that car via voice, gaze or hand gestures.
For example, a car’s screen would display several options that a rider might want the car to take — including where to park, changing speed, or selecting a new route to take. But it’s the gesture controls that are interesting. Apple details an “interaction zone” that would activate when a hand enters it. Users could then control the car with specific hand and finger movements or poses.