Google patents human flypaper for self-driving automotive crashes
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Self-driving automobiles are fairly sensible, however it’s inevitable that one will ultimately hit a pedestrian. To keep away from any nasty accidents, Google has patented a easy however loopy answer: an adhesive coating that might stick people to the hood like flypaper. There isn’t any assure that such a system can be used — Google burdened this to the San Jose Mercury Information — however it does trace on the firm’s crazier, off-the-wall considering. The patent describes an “eggshell-like” coating that may shield the adhesive layer throughout regular driving circumstances. Solely the pressure dealt by a collision can be sufficient to interrupt it, catching the pedestrian close to-instantaneously.
“We maintain patents on quite a lot of concepts. A few of these concepts later mature into actual services, some do not.”
Such a system would soften the preliminary blow, however extra importantly, it might additionally cease pedestrians from being thrown ahead by the car. Secondary impacts, brought on by hitting the tarmac or one other object, reminiscent of a automotive, can typically be simply as harmful, if no more so than the unique collision. Google says its adhesive layer could possibly be utilized to the hood, entrance bumper and aspect panels to make sure the human is “caught” correctly at totally different angles. It’d sound foolish, however we would not be stunned if Google was already testing this idea with a few of its bubbly self-driving automobiles.