Waymo drones will be soft?
Unmanned vehicles, according to the developers, will be able to make the situation on the roads much safer. To do this, they give light weight sensors, lidar and cameras, simultaneously teaching artificial intelligence that controls the autopilot, traffic rules. In the event of an imminent collision at Waymo also have a plan - to make the car softer.
Waymo engineered patented design of the machine, the elements of which are fastened together by elastic elements - this design will allow to soften the blow in a collision with a pedestrian. According to the scheme applied to the patent, cars can independently determine the type of obstacles that she will face. In the case of unavoidable accident with another vehicle body vehicle will remain tough, but can soften, if on the roadway unexpectedly jumped pedestrian.
So far, all this remains only a sketch on paper, but we can not exclude the fact that the idea will be tested in the future, because in the Alphabet, which includes Google with Waymo, very attentive to security issues. Last year, for example, Waymo engineers patented soft car hood with velcro, is also designed to minimize the consequences of a collision with pedestrians.