BMW has released new details about their ePatrol concept for the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge.
Designed to be the ultimate highway patrol vehicle for 2025, the ePatrol was envisioned to handle a world with more traffic and faster vehicles. To cope with these problems, designers created a futuristic police car that has a modular structure and drone technology. The main vehicle can deploy three drones (one airborne, two ground-based) that will follow a suspect and send information back to police headquarters. In the event of a high-speed chase, the drones could use an impulse weapon to disable the fleeing vehicle.
As for the car itself, it has an aerodynamic exterior which covers a woven structure made from aluminum wire, carbon fiber and polymer resin. The concept is also notable for having digital screens that can display messages (such as accidents or route information) to oncoming "motorists."
According to Laurenz Schaffer, President of DesignworksUSA, “We wanted to present a visionary impulse to the theme of highway patrol. Hence our contribution to the L.A. Design Challenge is a vision concept with no links to BMW´s future design strategy."