GOOGLE has patented a bizarre new ‘sticky’ technology, which it intends to employ on its self-driving cars in order to protect pedestrians.
A layer of the material would be added to the front of the vehicles, with the intention being to reduce the likelihood of serious injury caused when a pedestrian hit by a car is hurled into other vehicles or objects.
The patent description, which was approved on May 17, reads: “Ideally, the adhesive coating on the front portion of the vehicle may be activated on contact and will be able to adhere to the pedestrian nearly instantaneously.
“This instantaneous or nearly-instantaneous action may help to constrain the movement of the pedestrian, who may be carried on the front end of the vehicle until the driver of the vehicle (or the vehicle itself in the case of an autonomous vehicle) reacts to the incident and applies the brakes.”
Although intended for Googlemobiles, it is unclear whether the technology will actually be used, and the company also notes that it could be used on any car.