Google to Pioneer Airbags that Protect Pedestrians
One common thread of most car safety innovations is that they have kept the people in the car safe. Backup cameras can also keep a person in a parking lot from being backed over when a driver is backing out of their parking space, so that is an example of one safety technology that helps people outside the car as well. Google is now raising the bar on protecting pedestrians. They have been awarded a patent on a design they submitted for a series of airbags on the outside of their new driverless cars that would deploy in the event an imminent collision is detected. Their deployment would cushion the impact for pedestrians or another car in an accident as well as presumably mitigating exterior damage to the outside of the driverless car. This is a rare safety feature that will be win-win for both the people in and around the car.