The Patented Hail Protection System is an automobile hail protection system that largely eliminates damage to your car or truck from any size hail. It has all the design properties of a traditional car cover, but also stops hail.

Shifting the airbag from a car’s interior to its exterior was the idea of the folks at Texas-based Hail Storm Products. The company’s patented Hail Protection System is essentially a puffy car cover/airbag in one that is designed to protect from hail damage.

The cover is made up of two layers. The first layer straps to the wheels and under the car, while the second creates the padded outer protection by having four blowers puff the Patented Hail Protection System up like a giant balloon, but this balloon can handle hail the size of softballs. The cover inflates via four blowers that are powered by a small compressor that sits idle until the owner engages the defense system using a small remote. It is powered by “AA” batteries, Cig Lighter Cord or AC outlet, the lightweight, remote-controlled, damage preventing cover installs and activates in just a few minutes.

With the ability to inflate in less than five minutes, the manufacturer claims the system can protect vehicles from hail up to the size of a softball. Once the storm has passed, the system then goes on standby and returns to its role as the Clark Kent of car covers.

In addition to hail defense, the cover also offers the usual UV protection, water resistance and breathability when not in armor mode. Installation is also car cover simple, with a few minor steps added for the strapping down and power connections.

You don’t have to worry about the Patented Hail Protection System going to waste because a smartphone app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, uses information from the National Weather Service to provide a warning 30-60 minutes before a storm hits. And even if you don’t have smartphone the system also sends an email alert.