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Google patents sticky bonnet for passenger safety

May 25, 2016

Google may well have one of the most obscure automotive patents in existence, following the discovery of a recently approved application.

Google sticky bonnetInitially submitted on November 12, 2014, the remarkable safety innovation was invented by Google employees Alex Khaykin and Daniel Lynn Larner, and received patent approval on the May 17.

We got our hands on the patent application, and we’ll let the inventors do the explaining. Taken from the abstract, the inventors say:

“A system for protecting a colliding object from a secondary impact… upon initial impact between the colliding object and the vehicle, the coating is broken exposing the adhesive layer.”

The inventors say that in the event of a collision between a vehicle and pedestrian, “injury is usually caused not by the initial impact, but also by the ensuing, second impact”.

The adhesive layer sits beneath the vehicle’s paintjob, and the protective layer breaks away in the instance of a collision. This would in turn act to catch a pedestrian, avoiding another potentially more damaging impact.

It’s strange but it does make a deal of sense. Who knows, maybe the Google car will feature the technology? The PDF outlining the invention can be found here.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.