Google has patented a unique solution that puts a glue-like adhesive on the front end of a self-driving car. By sticking to the hood, people only have to deal with one impact.
"The adhesive layer may be a very sticky material and operate in a manner similar to flypaper, or double-sided duct tape," the patent said.
Today, when a car runs into a pedestrian, it often carries the person along until the driver brakes, throwing the victim from the vehicle, possibly leading to further injury as they hit the road or some other hard surface, or get hit by another car, the patent said. But that doesn't have to happen.
"The front region of the vehicle may be coated with a specialized adhesive that adheres to a pedestrian, and thus holds the pedestrian on the vehicle in the unfortunate event that the front of the vehicle comes into contact with the pedestrian," the patent said. "The adhesion of the pedestrian to the vehicle may prevent the pedestrian from bouncing off."
OK, Google reinvents fly paper and might be sued by cat owners with cats "attached" to front of a self-driving cars... Also it will be interesting to see all the traffic wardens, glued to the front of your car!
All this might sound silly, but the good thing here is that we have IT-companies like Google working proactively with pedestrian road safety, even if the ideas might sound somehow exotic.
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