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Google’s new patent sticks pedestrians to the hood after self-driving car accidents

There’s no shortage of oddball patent applications but this one still has me scratching my head. Google’s latest brainstorm is to basically attach a layer of glue to the front of self-driving cars, so that pedestrians struck during accidents can be better protected, reports the Guardian. As a result, “both the vehicle and pedestrian may come to a more gradual stop than if the pedestrian bounces off the vehicle,” according to the patent filing.

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