Google gets patent for “system for protecting a colliding object from a secondary impact”
On May 17, tech giant Google received a patent for technology which the company has described as a "system for protecting a colliding object from a secondary impact."
According to Google's patent filing, the key objective behind the mentioned technology is to address concerns related to pedestrian safety in the coming years, when there will be more self-driving cars on the road.
Going by the details shared by Google in the patent, the technology underscores the use of specially designed adhesive - something like flypaper - on the front portion of a self-driving car, so as to ensure that a pedestrian who gets hit by self-driving car remains stuck to front of the vehicle.
Highlighting the fact that the main idea behind the use of adhesive coating on the front of a self driving car is to reduce injuries to pedestrians, Google engineers have asserted that, as a result of the adhesive coating, pedestrians who get struck by a self-driving car will not bounce onto the windshield, or slip under the wheels, or fly into the air and land in the road due to the force of the collision.
Detailing the working of the "specialized adhesive," Google said in the patent that the adhesive "holds the pedestrian on the vehicle in the unfortunate event that the front of the vehicle comes into contact with the pedestrian. The adhesion of the pedestrian to the vehicle may prevent the pedestrian from bouncing off."
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