The Re-Inventors

Season 1 Episode 12

Pedestrian Protector

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 10, 2010 on Smithsonian Channel
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Pedestrian Protector
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So, if a cowcatcher works on a train, why not create a spring-powered one for a car? Such was the inspiration for “The Automatic Device for the Protection of Pedestrian and the Vehicle Itself,” patented by Heinrich Karl of New Jersey in 1932. Consisting of a series of spring-loaded levers, grates and an auto-deploying blanket to wrap up the pedestrian upon impact, Karl’s invention was never put to a test. Matt and Jeremy rebuild his invention and with the help of their stunt dummy Einstein, see if there really is a safe way to get hit by a car.moreless

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