Source: Grill IP patents news
Google has proposed an unusual solution to protect pedestrians involved in traffic accidents. The company – famous for its searchengine and its “moonshot” projects like self-driving cars – obtained a patent for a sticky car hood. Instead of being flung to the ground on impact, Google suggests that the collision should trigger the release of a sticky substance that pins the pedestrian to the car as if it were flypape”. Google has not explained how to unstick the victim to provide medical care and take him or her to hospital. Still, the proposed solution might help mitigate further injuries from a secondary impact, when the pedestrian is flung from the car and hitting the road or is thrown into the path of another car.
The developers have done some serious work and carried out tests using crash test dummies. Google has made no comment whether it plans to introduce the technology in its self-driving cars, and judging by some of the comments on stories reporting the patent, it might be better to hold back for a while. Some young men wonder whether it would be possible to scoop up women that way to take them to some dark corner.
A more serious issue raised by observers is whether small collisions might result in cars sticking to each other. The upside, of course, would be that fleeing the scene of an accident could be a thing of the past. Who needs a dash cam if you have a self-driving car that registers every movement it makes, and captures anybody causing a crash.
Maybe the Google developers will not pursue these ideas – although the sticky car hood is certainly a highly original approach.
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