The folks at Google are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to safety features on their autonomous vehicles. The California-based tech juggernaut was recently awarded a patent for an “adhesive vehicle front end” that the company says will “mitigate” secondary impacts for pedestrians.
If you think it sounds as if they’ve basically just turned the hood of a car into a human flypaper trap, well, that’s about the nut of it. According to the patent, once an object strikes the hood, it breaks a special coating that covers the adhesive layer. Once the coating is broken, the system will protect “a colliding object” from a secondary impact by causing the object to stick to the hood.
The idea seems to be that, it would be safer for the pedestrian to stick to the hood, rather than be tossed through the air and suffer a second violent collision with the ground, or a tree or a building, etc. And it could theoretically reduce the number of hit-and-runs, or at the very least make it easier to locate the offending party.