In September, the LA Motor Show organizers announced the theme for this year’s Design Challenge: all the participants were to design a law enforcement car for the future i.e. year 2025. Finally the organizers have revealed the six competitors who would be competing against each other. The names are; General Motors, BMW, Honda (with two entries), Subaru and Mercedes-Benz.
BMW’s entry is the E-Patrol (a human drone pursuit vehicle), it is a concept vehicle built on the sectional arrangement with three drones. It will allow petrol officer to deploy either the flying drone or single wheel drone that could chase the suspect and then they will report back to the officer.
General Motor made its way into the contest with Volt Squad; a three vehicle fleet that is designed around the concept to observe, follow and engage. Honda made two entries into the contest. The first one is a CHP drone Squad, it is a vehicle system for future that is designed to work in the unfriendly Californian environment of future. The second entry is called the CHiPs, it is a traffic crawler; it will be featuring ability to transform itself according to the harsh traffic environment of 2025.
Mercedes will be entering the contest with its Ener-G-Force, it is a vehicle that is based on the G-class and designed as an environmental friendly SUV. For the competition Subaru has brought up SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) patrol vehicle for highways. These vehicle can provide a state-of-the-art, cheap and environmental friendly way of 24 hour highway monitoring, rapid response and protection. The competition showcases the glimpse of the future automotive from the present automotive giants.