July 9, 2016
Google’s Sticky Car 0
Google may have just come up with a crazy idea that may protect pedestrians from a crash with its autonomous car. Although there have been many patents submitted by the company, this specific one does seem like the funniest, yet also the most effective one too.
It is claimed that Google will be utilising a sticky bonnet in order to protect pedestrians from crashes with its autonomous cars. By employing this method, the pedestrian will feel the force of the crash but, will be spared from the possibly more dangerous secondary collision. The secondary collision whether it is another car, the road or the pavement, is an ever present danger on top of the original impact. This new idea which has just been developed by Google may have stopped this from occurring.
The idea is that there will be two layers on the bonnet, the bumper and the front side panels. The first layer will be a ‘normal’ layer in the classic sense but when impact is felt, then it shatters leaving the sticky ‘flytrap’ layer. This will therefore ensure that the pedestrian will quickly stick to the car rather than bounce off into the road or another vehicle.
Google have claimed that they are not the only company who have submitted patents regarding the safety of pedestrians. It is rumoured that Volvo may be developing an outside airbag, and Jaguar may be developing a retractable hood to soften the original impact. But, it seems as if Google are really thinking about the pedestrian by developing an innovative idea preventing secondary collisions.
The patent, given to Google during May, reads that, ‘existing technologies found in production vehicles does little to mitigate the secondary impact a pedestrian may experience after during a collision with a vehicle…this secondary impact can often cause severe injuries to the pedestrian, as the road surface or other object does not exhibit any sort of compliance or cushioning as the vehicle front end might.’
Hopefully we shall soon see the best protection offered to pedestrians; at least some companies are really making it a priority.