Waymo Has A New Patent — But It’s Not For Autonomous Car Tech

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Borne from Google’s Self-driving car project, Waymo has made some pretty impressive improvements in its autonomous vehicle technology over the past few years, both in terms of hardware capabilities but also in terms of how the system interacts with and identifies other road users.

But even in a world where autonomous vehicles can identify and avoid potential accidents, there are still situations where autonomous vehicles will be involved in an accident, especially when dealing with unpredictable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and wild animals.

Which is why Waymo’s latest patent isn’t for self-driving car technology but could be an interesting feature for autonomous vehicles of the future: deforming body panels that detect and react to unexpected collisions with people or animals.

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