Google’s sticky hood patent for self-driving car is not as crazy as you think

-CBC RADIO, 19 MAY 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

A pedestrian is hit by a self-driving car. But, that person doesn’t go flying into the air — as you might expect. Instead, that pedestrian is sticking to the hood of the car. Yes, the car hood is sticky.

Earlier this week, Google patented a sticky car hood that could reduce injury to pedestrians after they’re hit by a self-driving car. The patent says it’s a way to “mitigate the secondary impact a pedestrian may experience” after a collision — like being thrown into oncoming traffic. <Read More>