Google’s ‘sticky’ layer aims to cut out ‘sticky’ situations in new self-driving cars

posted on Jun 23 2016 by Adam Lloyd

Google’s ‘sticky’ layer aims to cut out ‘sticky’ situations in new self-driving cars

A new adhesive coating has been implemented on the front of the new Google self-driving cars in order to prevent further injuries to pedestrians if struck by the car. This new technology was patented by Google and was lodged on 17th May.

The aim of the sticky layer is to reduce any damage caused when a pedestrian is caught in a collision with a vehicle. The patents description claimed that “both the vehicle and pedestrian may come to a more gradual stop than if the pedestrian bounces off the vehicle.”

The patent does continue to explain that, although this will significantly reduce the damage caused by the crash, it can not guarantee total prevention of injury.

The new sticky adhesive layer isn’t the only current technology to reduce damage of collisions, as Jaguar addressed the situation and introduced a solution where a device raises the bonnet upon impact to create a cushion to soften the blow. Alternatively, Land Rover and Volvo have considered another approach, including exterior airbags on the bonnet of their car.

Following on from this, Google told the San Jose Mercury News that “we hold patents of a variety of ideas. Some of those ideas later mature into real products and services, some don’t”.

According to Gov.UK. In 2013 there were 1,713 fatalities due to car collisions, this is -2.3 change from the previous year and although this number has dropped significantly from year 2000 when 3,409 fatalities occurred, this is still something car manufacturers are trying to reduce.

With so many sceptical opinions regarding self-driving cars and the fear of not being in full control of a moving vehicle, which is potentially destructive, it remains to be seen whether ideas such as this technology will ever be instigated into the real world. Although China is seeing the first real experiment involving the new self-drive cars, as two driver-less cars have begun their first road trip from Chongqing to Beijing. The 1,200-mile trip will consist of motorway which the self-driving car reaching speeds of 75mph.

Will the new adhesive coating on self-drive prevent further injuries of pedestrians? Time will only tell.