This just in from the Didn't See That One Coming desk: Google is planning to attach human flypaper to its self-driving cars.
Well, maybe. According to a genuinely weird report at Silicon Valley newspaper the Mercury News, Google received approval on a peculiar patent this week. It describes a technique for reducing injuries to pedestrians by coating autonomous cars with an adhesive surfacing.
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The idea being, if and when a robotic car accidentally strikes a pedestrian, said pedestrian will stick to the car - rather than bounce off or roll underneath, causing further injuries. Wow, these Google designers really do think of everything.
"The front region of the vehicle may be coated with a specialized adhesive that adheres to a pedestrian, and thus holds the pedestrian on the vehicle in the unfortunate event that the front of the vehicle comes into contact with the pedestrian," the patent reads, according to the Mercury News report. "The adhesion of the pedestrian to the vehicle may prevent the pedestrian from bouncing off."
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