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Sticky solution to self-driving accidents

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Google has received a patent for a way of reducing injuries in pedestrians involved in accidents with self-driving cars.
The San Jose Mercury reports that the company has applied for and been granted a patent for any crash to “glue” the pedestrian to the vehicle.
“The adhesive layer may be a very sticky material and operate in a manner similar to flypaper, or double-sided duct tape,” according to the patent.
Google, in its patent application, says that robot cars will probably hit pedestrians until technology allowing them to avoid all accidents is perfected.
Normally, when a car hits a pedestrian, they are carried along with the car until it stops, at which point they are generally thrown clear and receive further injuries.
An adhesive coating that holds the pedestrian on to the car is proposed as the solution to this.
In Google’s patent, the adhesive would be covered with a thin, egg shell-like layer that would shatter to expose the adhesive in the event of an accident.
The adhesive would have to be “releasable”, according to the patent, so the pedestrian could be removed after the accident.

  • PorfirioR

    In an upcoming revision to the patent, Google will implement the deployable velcro suit option where, immediately prior to impact, a velcro suit of the appropriate size will deploy and autonomously cover the human. The hood of the car will be covered with velcro pile instead of a sticky substance that would require maintenance (bug removal). A millisecond later, when the collision occurs, the human will be violently velcro’d to the car. The human victim can then leave any time he/she darn well pleases by removing the suit and wiping off any blood.

    Humans, prealerted at the impending collision once they find themselves wrapped in velcro, will be tempted to lookup from their smartphones and run to avoid the collision. Velcro suits ain’t cheap. Therefore, the autonomous car will chase them down and velcro them anyway so that the suit can be recovered.

    A deer and moose option are planned for version 3.