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Google patents adhesive bonnet to increase pedestrian safety

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Google says that current technologies that are designed only to meet crash test standards are not up to the mark when it comes to pedestrian safety.

Google has patented an adhesive bonnet and front end which are claimed to increase pedestrian safety by secondary collision (a rebound after the first impact). Basically, it’s something like a flypaper or double sided duct tape which holds the object (people, animal or any heavy object) from getting bounced off.

In order for the front end of a car to be holding human beings in place, the adhesive property must be extremely strong. We can’t help but wonder how Google will prevent their patented front end from attracting all the debris and wastage it comes in contact with. Wouldn’t a thick layer of dirt seriously compromise the adhesive property of bonnet surface? Would it be nice to drive around in a car whose front end act as a garbage collector?

Google Adhesive bonnet patent for pedestrian safety

A breakable top layer protects the sticky material from catching unwanted debris.

Well, Google has an interesting solution for that problem! The sticky material on the surface of the front end will be protected from the environment by means of a special thin layer which is likened to the egg shell.

The layer breaks upon impact with a heavy object, thereby exposing the sticky material. The practically of this technology is yet to be demonstrated but the tech giant appears to be serious about pursuing this line of thought.

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The technology will prevent pedestrians from suffering secndary impact.

If Google can make its adhesive bonnet work, it would go a long way in preventing further injuries to the pedestrians who otherwise get bounced off the vehicle and/or get hit by a second vehicle.

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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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