For the fourth year, the Los Angeles Auto Show is hosting Design Los Angeles, a world conference for designers, along with the Design Challenge, a design contest that garners entries from some of the brightest rising stars at top North American design studios. We’ve come to expect the Design Challenge to be an auto show of its own, with “theoretical” concepts, in the form of sketches and models. They aren’t quite the same as seeing rolling, life-size concept cars, but they sure are fodder to get us thinking about what we may be driving, or riding in, in the more distant future.
Last year’s theme was meeting the environmental changes of living in
Read on for a quick rundown of the eight entries for this year. The winner will be announced on November 15.
2007 Audi Auto Virtuea Quattro ConceptEnlarge Photo
Heather Shaw, Jae Min, Mattjis Van Tuijl, Karl Strahlendorf, Christian Schoen
A hydrogen-powered, single-seat vehicle combining artificial intelligence with “avenues of self expression,” the Virtuea Quattro is capable of projecting, as a holographic image, an array of possible exteriors, accessible through an onboard interface. And the exterior image can be “proudly displayed without environmental impact as no physical materials are needed regardless of size.”
Among other unique features are a built-in Respiration System, for that soot-ridden Blade Runner-esque future, and a Community Processing Unit at the helm that can bond with other vehicle CPUs and become exponentially smarter.
First thought: Will there a shuffle mode for the indecisive?
General Motors Advanced Design,
Frank Saucedo, Steve Anderson, Jussi Timonen, Jose Paris, Lorne Kulesus, Tony Liu, Jay Bernard, Phil Tanioka
2007 GM-OnStar ANTEnlarge Photo
The panels also have a “street furniture mode,” where they “…act as open source communication portals adding culture and entertainment to the streets.”
First thought: Just what you need to be the best busker in your sector. As for the looks, are the designers Tripods fans?
Honda 124 – One to the Power of Four
Honda Research & Development
Ben Davidson, Khrystyne Zurian, Shae Shatz
2007 Honda 124 ConceptEnlarge Photo