Google Is Working on Airbags for the Outside of the Car.

With nearly every major automaker working on autonomous car technology, it won’t be too long before we are sharing the road with driverless vehicles.
There’s just one question, though: how are companies going to protect you — not to mention the pedestrians — if your super intelligent car decides to go all Maximum Overdrive?
As it turns out, Google has the answer. As Quartz reports, the tech giant was recently awarded a patent for an external airbag that would be deployed during an accident.


According to the patent filing, the airbag would sit on the bumper of one of Google’s driverless cars or a manually driven car, and be made of a special “visco-elastic” material that would deform in the event of a collision with a pedestrian.
Google is using a different material for its external airbags, because if it used a standard airbag, the pedestrian stuck by the vehicle would just bounce off and go flying in the opposite direction, which could be more dangerous than being hit by the car in the first place. Photo of internal Airbag. 


Google Is Working on Airbags for the Outside of the Car.

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