By: Alex Lindvall
This past month, Google received a patent for a new type of car design. This new patent is designed to reduce pedestrian injuries by coating the front of a car with a strong adhesive. The idea is that when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, they often sustain additional injuries by striking the windshield or road after the initial collision. By covering the front of the vehicle with adhesive, the pedestrian will stick to the front of the car and avoid these additional injuries.
To clarify, this is not a glue-covered car (there won’t be birds and trash stuck to these cars). Rather, the car will be covered with an outer egg-like shell that will cover the adhesive; and in the event that the car collides with a pedestrian, the shell will break, exposing the adhesive. This patent does not mean that we should expect to see this adhesive design in the near future. There are still quite a few bugs that need to be worked out. However, there is no denying that this creative innovation in the field of pedestrian safety.