Google has patented sticky cars with a sticky coating. This will help driverless cars reduce the risk of running over pedestrians in the event of an impact. This sticky adhesive will prevent anyone who is hit from being thrown off causing more injury or being run over. Instead, such victim is glued to the bonnet of the car.
“The adhesive bonds the pedestrian to the vehicle so the pedestrian remains with the vehicle until it stops and is not thrown from the vehicle,” says the patent. This also prevents secondary impact between the pedestrian and other object.”
The patent also explained that the adhesive layer would be protected from debris by a coated layer.