Improvements in auto safety generally focus on protecting a vehicle’s occupants in a collision, but a bizarre patent from Google aims to reduce pedestrian injuries in an accident by gluing a person to the hood. The tech giant believes this unique solution could work on its autonomous cars.
At first glance, the idea sounds absurd, and the company's patent photos look hilarious. However, Google's explanation for this solution actually makes some sense. When a vehicle hits a person, there’s the immediate collision and then a secondary impact when the victim hits the ground. If someone is stuck to the hood, then a car can’t throw him or her onto the road, which might mean less severe harm.
For this odd idea to work, Google would paint an adhesive onto the hood, bumper, and fenders. A hard coating would sit on top of the glue and break away in a collision. The sticky substance would only work temporarily because after being hit by a car, a person could still suffer some injuries.
Google’s engineers are clearly thinking outside the box with this crazy idea, and it sounds like the type of weird solution that could only come after a few drinks. There’s no guarantee that any patented concept actually sees reality, and this one’s chances seem incredibly slim. We’d love to see a real-life demonstration of someone glued to a car in an accident, though.