Concepts

LA Auto Show Design Challenge Entries Unveiled

Twelve concepts tackle future problems of congestion, pollution and sustainability.

Last year the theme was to create the ultimate law enforcement patrol vehicle for 2025. This year, the 10th annual Los Angeles Show Design Challenge has been dubbed the “Biomimicry & Mobility 2025 – Nature's Answer to Human Challenges." The twelve entries showcase designs that tackle problems including pollution, congestion and sustainability. BMW Designworks USA is bringing two entries to LA, including the L.A.Subways that envisions using waterways as roads.

It's other entry is the S.E.E.D. (Sustainable Efficient Exploratory Device), inspired by a maple seed that uses a multifunctional rotating tail. Mazda Design America created the Auto Adapt, which can transform and has the capability to be autonomous, Subaru’s Suba-Roo jumps like a kangaroo and is described as a “one-legged, self-contained, wearable mobility vehicle.” Toyota’s CALTY Design Research bods came up with an aerodynamic design inspired by a crane with an autonomous shape-shifting body.

Lesser known manufacturer’s hoping to garner some publicity include Changfeng Motors, with its grasshopper-inspired LaBrea, Japan’s JAC Motors HEFEIL, based on a green infrastructure where idling vehicles power running ones on a power grid that supports the whole system. Qoros and its “Silk Road System” where accidents are eliminated thanks to cars working in harmony, and SAIC Motors which created a single-seat ant-inspired vehicle designed for public transportation. A selection of Design scholars will judge the concepts, with the winner to be announced on November 21.

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