While Google s method won t reduce the force of the initial collision, it should stop pedestrians and cyclists from suffering extra harm.
Ideally, the adhesive coating on the front portion of the vehicle may be activated on contact and will be able to adhere to the pedestrian nearly instantaneously, states the patent description.
This instantaneous or nearly-instantaneous action may help to constrain the movement of the pedestrian, who may be carried on the front end of the vehicle until the driver of the vehicle or the vehicle itself in the case of an autonomous vehicle reacts to the incident and applies the brakes.
Citroen, Jaguar, and Nissan all use devices that slightly raise a car s hood in the event of an accident to provide a cushion for impact; and other companies, such as Land Rover and Volvo, have developed outside airbags.
Google rolled out the usual statement when asked to comment: We hold patents on a variety of ideas.
Some of those ideas later mature into real products and services, some don t.