Mazda Motor Corp. develops its “Shock Cone Aluminum Hood,” which it says will limit pedestrian injuries in the event of a collision. The impact-absorbing structure can reduce the severity of head injuries that result when a pedestrian is struck by a car, says Mazda. The hood will be on the new Mazda RX-8, which reaches showrooms this spring. Mazda says the key to the hood is an inner panel with uniquely shaped craters, similar to cones, that absorb an impact across the entire surface of ...

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