This week Google was awarded a patent to make their self-driving cars what they consider to be more road-friendly.
The May 17 patent is described as an “adhesive vehicle front end for mitigation of secondary pedestrian impact.”
The patent is basically an adhesive shell that covers the front end of the car so that in the case of hitting someone, that person will stick to the car instead of being thrown around multiple times upon impact.
This addition to Google’s self-driving car seems odd considering that they are acknowledging that the automated car isn’t very safe for pedestrians in the first place.
It’s as though they thought it was okay if they just put some glue on the front of the car to solve the problem that these are driverless cars. Then when the car accidentally hits a person, or animal for that matter, the impact won’t be as big of a deal.
Having an adhesive front end of a car doesn’t sound very attractive either. It seems like it would just collect dust and bugs.
Besides, won’t these bugs and other debris just stick to the car, leaving the “sticky” end not so sticky? Having an adhesive front end seems like it isn’t very practical and would need to be replaced often.
What’s more, a spokesperson for Google admits that they may not even end up using it. She told Newser that Google holds onto patents for “a variety of ideas. Some of those ideas later mature into real products and services, some don't."
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