Google has its hands full in developing a self-driving car, and that includes trying to mitigate the damage if a car hits a pedestrian. The company has filed a patent for a scheme to save such a pedestrian from further injury after being hit. It’s a sticky hood. See, a pedestrian can be hurt from the primary impact, when the car hits it, and then by a secondary impact, when the person is thrown onto the street. A sticky surface, “similar to flypaper, or double-sided duct tape," that grabs and holds the victim can prevent a secondary impact.
Stanford School of Law professor and autonomous car expert Bryant Walker Smith praised Google -- once he stopped laughing about the patent.
"The idea that cars should be safe for people other than the ones in them is the next generation of automotive safety," Smith said. "Manufacturers have gotten remarkably good at protecting the occupants of the vehicle, but there's been much less attention to protecting the people outside. I applaud anybody for thinking, as they should, about people outside of the vehicle."
It sounds like one of those crazy patents we often make fun of here, but this one has yet to be proven a failure. In fact, it just might save your life someday. -via EnGadget