Google Patents Sticky Car Front for Better Pedestrian Safety

A future Google-made car could come with a sticky front layer that, in the unfortunate event of a collision with a pedestrian, keep them stuck to the hood and bumper and so limit their injuries.

That’s judging from a patent that Google has been granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Upon becoming stuck to this adhesive front, the pedestrian would be less likely to experience a secondary blow by, for example, hitting the windshield, roof or road after the initial strike.

Fewer hits should, naturally, result in fewer injuries – the only catch being that the pedestrian would then be left covered in the glue-like substance. According to this patent, on the vehicle, the sticky coating would be beneath an egg-like shell that would shatter upon impact.

Google Patents Sticky Car Front for Better Pedestrian Safety
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

It is unclear whether this innovation, as is typically the case with recently-patented technology, is likely to actually feature in a publicly-released product. The Chicago Tribune reports concerns among some automotive and pedestrian experts about the system’s supposed effectiveness, while a Google spokeswoman has noted that patents should not necessarily be relied on for inferring product announcements.

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