Google’s got better ways to protect pedestrians than glue-covered cars

-WIRED, 20 MAY 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Google’s gumdrop-shaped autonomous car looks like something you’d see in a Pixar movie, a cute and cuddly machine that makes the future look fun—until it ambushes you in a crosswalk, traps you like a fly in a web, and whisks you away.

That horrific scenario comes to mind reading Google’s recently approved patent for what amounts to slathering its cars in glue. To be fair, this has less to do with collecting humans than protecting them. Autonomous vehicles absolutely will reduce collisions and fatalities, but even the most ardent advocates concede one of them eventually will hit a pedestrian. <Read More>