Google’s Pedestrian Airbag Aims to Deflate Robot Car Fears

Google knows that cuddly car faces may not be enough to get humans to trust their lives with robot cars on the roads. That’s why the technology giant’s plan for self-driving cars may include external airbags to protect pedestrians in case of an accident. But Google’s new patent on pedestrian airbags may reflect more about soothing human fears than actually expecting such airbags to save a significant number of lives in a future filled with driverless vehicles.

The Google patent on pedestr

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