Google's sticky car concept catches pedestriansHow can you reduce pedestrian deaths by cars? Google envisions human flypaper on the hood. But this sticky solution comes with complications.
Google's self driving car team is working on ways to reduce fatal accidents. But you won't belive its latest idea for saving pedestrian lives. The company proposes covering the car hood in a stick coating, so the people you hit will stick, instead of bouncing off. Yes, this is a real patent that Google submitted. And the idea that you'll be less injured by sticking rather than bouncing off and hitting the pavement. Google suggest this would be good for a self-driving car, but I suppose it could work for any car. And what do you think happens next? Do you just keep rolling with them on the front to the hospital? This would have to be so sticky for it to work. So will there be other things that get Stuck to the front overtime. Bugs, bags, small animals. Well, the patent suggests that your car hood would not look so gross because there would be another coating on top of this human fly paper so the sticky stuff would only be exposed upon impact of an accident. Isn't comforting that Google has a. Team of the greatest engineering minds assigned to solve these sticky challenges. Meanwhile, there's another tech company making strides in our autonomous vehicle future. For the first time Uber release a photo of its self-driving car being tested in Pittsburgh. It's a hybrid Ford Fusion. There will still be someone in the driver's seat, monitoring the tests. The car has a variety of sensors, such as radars, laser scanners and high resolution cameras to map out its surroundings. That's it for this Tech News Update, I'm Bridget Carey. You can stay on top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/update.