Google patents ‘sticky’ cars to save pedestrians hit by driverless vehicles –

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016

The patent, which was granted this week, acts like flypaper: instead of bodies bouncing off a car and resulting in further injury when they are hit, they would stay stuck to the vehicle until it can slow down and stop.

“In the event of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian, injury to the pedestrian is often caused not only by the initial impact of the vehicle and the pedestrian, but also by the ensuing secondary impact between the pedestrian and the road surface or other object,” the patent reads.

“The adhesive bonds the pedestrian to the vehicle so that the pedestrian remains with the vehicle until it stops, and is not thrown from the vehicle.”


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