Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Pedestrian Flypaper" Will Allegedly Help Pedestrians In Collisions

Is it April 1 again? Because this can't be real, can it? Google has just patented a new invention to minimize injuries between it's self-driving cars and pedestrians. According to The Verge, it's kind of like human flypaper.

The patent describes it as "an adhesive layer positioned on the front end of the vehicle" that pedestrians will simply stick to "in the event of a collision."

"The adhesive bonds the pedestrian to the vehicle so that the pedestrian remains with the vehicle until it stops and is not thrown from the vehicle," says the patent. This allegedly prevents a secondary impact between the pedestrian and the road surface or other object. Many injuries are not cause by the initial collision, but when the pedestrian is thrown to the ground. Even so... really???

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