Sticky Hoods Reduce Pedestrian Injuries

Google has been awarded a patent for a new safety system for self-driving cars that reduces injuries to pedestrians by sticking them to the hood of car after impact. While being hit by a car is bad enough, further injuries can occur when the person hits the ground. To avoid these additional injuries, the car’s hood and front side panels would be coated with layer of adhesive covered with a thin shell.

When a large object, such as a person, impacts the car, the shell will break open, exposing the adhesive and holding the person on the car to avoid any additional impacts with the road.

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