How Gluing Pedestrians To Cars Could (Sort Of) Make Them Safer
Google's human flypaper patent gets an "A" for effort, but would it actually keep people safe?By Ben Lawson | May 20, 2016
Is human flypaper the next innovation in automotive safety? Google apparently thinks so.
The company filed a patent meant to protect pedestrians in the event they're hit by a car — more specifically, an autonomous car. The person would be stuck to an adhesive on the hood of the car on impact, which would prevent them from bouncing off the car and sustaining even more injuries.
The patent describes an "eggshell-like" coating on the hood. When hit, it would then crack and reveal the adhesive.