Waymo receives patent for car that “goes soft” when it hits a pedestrian

Waymo – the self-driving car company owned by Alphabet – has received a patent for a car which softens its body in the event of a collision with a pedestrian.

As reported by Engadget, the patent details how the car’s body panels, bumpers, and hood will change their rigidity using cables, rods, and springs.

“The moment sensors detect an imminent pedestrian impact, the car would loosen those underpinnings and create a relatively gentle surface that reduces injuries,” stated the report.

The report noted that Waymo has not implemented the pedestrian-collision technology as yet, and there are questions about how effective it will be in real-life scenarios.

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Waymo receives patent for car that “goes soft” when it hits a pedestrian