2007 L.A. Show Design Challenge Page 3

October 22, 2007

The Mecha adapts to this grim future, doing triple duty both as a vehicle, temporary dwelling, and ‘environment cleanser.’ It does more than just remove pollution from the air; it extracts pollutants and harnesses them as energy for the vehicle’s driving force. It’s propelled with four nano-laser wheels, while it can adapt its structure horizontally and vertically depending on the purpose.

 

First thought: A MechWarrior to take refuge in.

 

Volkswagen Concept Slipstream

Volkswagen/Audi Design CenterCalifornia

Ian Hilton, Derek Jenkins, Patrick Faulwetter

 

Over a backdrop of “unimaginably dense” population centers and saturated roadways, the podlike Concept Slipstream is introduced as an advanced autonomous vehicle that can dynamically adapt its footprint, and also travel as part of an advanced artificially intelligent transportation network.

 

The two-wheeled, teardrop-shaped Slipstream travels upright when in the city, taking up about one fifth the size of a typical vehicle, then in ‘slipstream’ freeway lanes, the vehicle goes horizontal and floats like the tail section of an airplane for speeds of up to 250 mph. Inside, the Slipstream has a motion-sensitive holographic web interface, while the outer skin is made of solar panels and any excess energy is fed back to the grid.

 

First thought: Gee…It kinda looks like a bowling pin when it’s upright.

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