Google patents ‘pedestrian flypaper’ for self-driving cars

Google patents ‘pedestrian flypaper’ for self-driving cars

Acknowledging the fact that self-driving cars could to get into accidents involving pedestrians, tech giant Google Inc. has patented a unique solution to minimize injuries in case of an accident, dubbed human flypaper.

The newly-granted patent has been described as an adhesive layer positioned on the self driving vehicle’s front end that pedestrians would simply stick to in case of a collision.

In the event of a collision, the adhesive bonds the pedestrian to the vehicle, and the individual would remain with the vehicle until it comes to a halt. The company says that it would prevent secondary impact between the individuals and the road or other object.

The patent statement reads, “The adhesive bonds the pedestrian to the vehicle so that the pedestrian remains with the vehicle until it stops. [Pedestrians are] not thrown from the vehicle, thereby preventing a secondary impact between the pedestrian and the road surface or other object.”

As the adhesive will pick up dirt and bugs as well, the company is thinking about an exterior ‘eggshell’ covering on top of the adhesive layer. This covering would break instantly in the event of a collision, revealing the adhesive layer and bonding the pedestrian.

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