“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 80 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “This is Apple’s first patent clearly indicating that they are inventing some kind of future vehicle.”

“This particular invention covers a steering device for an articulated vehicle. The invention also relates to an articulated vehicle,” Purcher reports. “There are many kinds of articulated vehicles, from heavy equipment to buses, to military vehicles, trams and trains. Apple is the assignee of this invention from BAE Systems Hägglunds AB designs Sweden. The company manufactures and markets military vehicle systems. The company’s primary products are infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), armored all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and turret systems.”

“It’s proof that Apple has a an automotive division that needed this IP for something that they’re working on related to vehicles,” Purcher reports. “More specifically, the invention is to provide a steering device for an articulated vehicle which improves the reliability during drive.”

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MacDailyNews Take: It’s not the “Apple Car,” it’s the “Apple Military Bus,” and we’ve even got a spy shot of the front of it, out from under so-called “guard” in Europe!

Behold:

EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle

Sorry General Barnicke. Keep warm Captain Stillman.