【无人车防撞黑科技:谷歌版捕蝇纸?】

【无人车防撞黑科技:谷歌版捕蝇纸?】谷歌为了解决无人车碰撞行人造成的伤害问题,申请并于近日收到了一项涂层材料的专利。将它们覆盖于无人车的引擎盖、前保险杠和侧面板,发生碰撞时,行人会被“粘”在车上直到停车,可防止碰撞发生后的二次伤害。但该专利仍不确定是否会真正投入使用。

From struck to stuck! Google patents a protective 'flypaper' coating that will keep pedestrians on the hood after getting hit by a self-driving car

  • Protective coating would cover car's hood, front bumper and side panels
  • Pedestrian would remain stuck to the hood until the car stops moving 
  • The adhesive would be protected by another coating that would shatter from the impact of a collision
  • Google notes in the patent that pedestrians' injuries often come from the 'secondary impact' of hitting the road or another car after an accident

Google has received a new patent for an adhesive coating that would keep pedestrians stuck to the hood like flypaper in the situation they're hit by a self-moving car

Google has come up with a way to keep pedestrians who are hit by self-driving cars off the road... and stuck to the hood.

The company has received a new patent for a protective coating on the car's hood, front bumper and front side panels that would act as flypaper, taking the pedestrian from struck to stuck.

Google explains that when pedestrians are struck by cars, injury comes not only from the initial impact with the vehicle - but from the 'secondary impact' when they hit the road or another car.

The adhesive coating Google has proposed would be covered by another 'protective coating' that would shatter from the impact of a collision, including one involving a person or animal.

Google explains in the patent (pictured) that when pedestrians are struck by cars, injury comes not only from the initial impact with the vehicle - but from the 'secondary impact' when they hit the road or another car

That would then expose the adhesive coating, which would bond the pedestrian to the vehicle and keep them from 'bouncing off' into the street and incoming traffic.

'The adhesion of the pedestrian to the vehicle may prevent the pedestrian from bouncing off,' the patent reads.

Google received the patent on Tuesday, acknowledging that technology has not yet developed to the point where self-driving cars will be able to avoid all accidents.

The company acknowledges in the patent that two car companies have developed their own technology in an attempt to protect more pedestrians from cars.

Google notes certain Jaguar models have a deployable hood that comes up several inches in the moment of impact, softening the blow.

And certain European Volvo models has an air bag on the outside of the car, along the base of the windshield, in an effort to protect pedestrians from head injuries, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Google received the patent on Tuesday, acknowledging that technology has not yet developed to the point where self-driving cars (pictured in file photo) will be able to avoid all accidents

But, Google writes in the patent, these technologies only protect pedestrians in the moment of impact.

'Existing technologies found in production vehicles does little to mitigate the secondary impact a pedestrian may experience after during a collision with a vehicle,' the patent reads.

'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.'

Google said the new patent does not necessarily mean the flypaper hood technology is on the way, but it has joined one of many ideas in a future that would include the company's self-driving cars.

'We hold patents on a variety of ideas,' a Google spokeswoman told the paper.

'Some of those ideas later mature into real products and services, some don't.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3598049/Google-proposes-protective-coating-pedestrians-stuck-car-accident.html


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