Talking about innovative, there's surely one company that pops into our minds, Google.
Starting from an IT company, a trailblazer in searching engines, the company has extended its influence into countless other sectors, as long as there is a base to apply their technological advantage. Recently, Google has successfully developed a new technology that can be applied to the automotive world, the "sticky adhesive method".
This is said to be incorporated in one of the Google's self-driving vehicle, but there's no reason that it could not be used in a regular vehicle.
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As you'd probably know, from real life experience to movies, when someone gets hit by a car, they tend to fling to different directions and are often injured by the force from the vehicle. But in many cases, the momentum from the car is not the thing that kills or hurts the pedestrian, it's because they fell under that very car and gets run over or seriously hit in critical areas of the body.
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Recognizing the problem, Google has come up with a brilliant idea. They attach an adhesive layer on top of the bonnet of the car that can almost instantly stick the victim to the bonnet and glue them there. By doing this, the victim would no longer be launched into unexpected directions and get hit by other cars on the road and instead fixed on top of the bonnet until the car has completely stopped.
By sticking the victim to the car hood, Google can reduce the risk of secondary impact to victims
The idea of developing some sort of mechanism to protect pedestrians from secondary impact is not new, several brands have done it before. For example, Citroen has developed a technology that elevates the bonnet on impact so that the victim would be a little farther from the hard block of the engine beneath, hence mitigate the force to the body. Landrover has another way to deal with it by installing a small airbag outside to reduce the impact.
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"None of those attempts really succeed in protecting the pedestrians", Google comments, "as the risk of secondary impact is still there". Confident as they may be, they still did not make certain that the technology will be used in one of their vehicles. "The idea looks promising, but we can't make any official statement as of this moment", a Google's representative added.
Where there's a will, there's a way. With this innovative concept, we can believe in a near future when pedestrians are safely protected even in car crashes.
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