"Google has patented a new “sticky” technology to protect pedestrians if – or when – they get struck by the company’s self-driving cars. The patent, which was granted on 17 May, is for a sticky adhesive layer on the front end of a vehicle, which would aim to reduce the damage caused when a pedestrian hit by a car is flung into other vehicles or scenery... It is not known whether Google has active plans to install the new technology on their self-driving cars in the future. The company did not respond immediately to a request from the Guardian for comment, but a spokesperson told the San Jose Mercury News, who first reported the story, that “we hold patents on a variety of ideas. Some of those ideas later mature into real products and services, some don’t.”"
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Google patents 'sticky' layer to protect pedestrians in self-driving car accidents; Guardian, 5/18/16
Nicky Woolf, Guardian; Google patents 'sticky' layer to protect pedestrians in self-driving car accidents: