No stranger to wacky patents, Google's latest idea is to put a layer of what is essentially glue on the front of cars to help protect pedestrians who may be struck by autonomous vehicles.
The glue will act like flypaper, the Guardian reports -- if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, they will stick to the car and carried until it comes to a stop. This way "both the vehicle and pedestrian may come to a more gradual stop than if the pedestrian bounces off the vehicle," the patent explains.
While the patent specifically outlines self-driving cars as potential applications for the system, it does say it could be used on any type of vehicle. The company continues to test autonomous vehicles,.
Google declined to comment on the patent.