BMW ePatrol gets detailed for L.A. Design Challenge

 BMW ePatrol gets detailed for L.A. Design Challenge
BMW ePatrol concept for 2012 L.A. Auto Show Design Challenege 19.11.2012

Features drone technology

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."

Source: BMW

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I can't find the Kidneys :(
Nov 19, 2012 6:05 pm
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I can understand having a design challenge, but why not design something that could make it to market instead of designing something for the next Judge Dredd movie?
Nov 19, 2012 3:27 pm
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Because that would be boring and mean the designers had constraints. I think this idea is really cool and just goes to show how far an idea can go. Judge Dredd would have loved one of these :-)
Nov 19, 2012 3:45 pm
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Yes designing cars without guidelines is great, and this design is cool I just think it's a bit too sci-fi.
Nov 19, 2012 4:27 pm
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