We hear a lot these days about cars which can automatically apply the brakes and swerve to avoid collisions.
Today’s invention is a variant on that theme. The vehicle would be designed with special structural impact points built in around its bodywork. These would be capable of absorbing an enormous amount of energy, but be sparsely enough distributed so as to avoid a large weight increase.
When the usual onboard system sensed an unavoidable collision, the steering would be taken over, at the last few milliseconds, so as to actively drive the vehicle to impact on one of these strongpoints.