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Design Challenge L.A. Auto Show 2013: Mobility based on nature

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Design Challenge LA Auto Show 2013
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D The studios are competing in this year's design competition from BMW, Changfeng, JAC Motors, Mazda, Qoros, SAIC Motor, Subaru and Toyota. The submitted designs show mobility solutions or systems that are based on models from nature and relate to topics from the transport sector - such as traffic jams, environmental pollution, safety or sustainability.

BMW with two drafts

With the LA Subways project, the BMW designers want to tackle the daily traffic jams in Los Angeles and environmental pollution. Forgotten waterways are to serve as an alternative to rush hour traffic. BMW cites the efficiency of swarms and the powerful processes of energy generation in biological cells as natural models.

The S.E.E.D (Sustainable Efficient Exploratory Device) project was designed to search for new forms of life and new knowledge in the harshest zones on earth. The maple seed provided the basic idea for the vehicle. It uses a multifunctional rotating rear end and forces of nature - such as solar energy, wind and gravity - as resources for its mobility.

Changfeng Motor Corporation

Spirally entwined reeds are the basis of Changfeng's 'La Brea - Los Angeles Bio Research Project'. Power transmission and mobility are distributed and organized in a closed system with a network of semi-rigid reeds. It is similar to a grasshopper that can run, hop, climb, and swim and squeeze through narrow openings. From holographic emoticons that depict the current traffic situation to techno gel seat cushions for cooling or warming, the 'La Brea' system follows the motto 'Adjust or go under'.

JAC Motors

With' HEFEI '(the harmonious, environmentally friendly and efficient infrastructure /Harmonious Eco-Friendly Efficient Infrastructure), JAC Motors presents a completely redesigned mobility solution that a self-sufficient ecosystem as a model. It is based on the symbiosis of vehicles and their urban environment. Unused cars contribute with their energy to the propulsion of moving cars. An intelligent power grid supports thisentire system, while the automated traffic regulates itself. In addition to the accident rate and traffic jams, this also reduces energy consumption.


As a reaction to the impending When the self-driving car user disappears in 2025, Mazda designed its 'Auto-Adapt' concept. Following the example of adaptation as a biological phenomenon - especially with insects - Mazda has developed a concept in which the vehicle can change from a completely autonomous driving style to a self-controlled one. The target group of these cars are drivers who long for driving fun and enjoy the excitement of driving completely independently in 2025.

Qoros Auto

The 'Silk Road System' of Qoros acts as the control center. Vehicles move in such a harmonious way that they actively avoid accidents. Following the example of the silkworms, silk vehicles and silk flies are coordinated in close coordination so that motorists in Shanghai can use a completely safe, sustainable and emission-free transport system.

SAIC Motor

The simple body structure of the ant and its symbiotic relationship to the trumpet tree was taken as a model for the designers at SAIC Motors for the Roewe' Mobiliant '. 'Mobiliant' is a single-seater for local public transport that improves both traffic and the economic efficiency of the urban ecosystem for the future.


With the aim of fundamentally changing the relationship between the driver and the vehicle, the Subaru designers have developed an innovative and affordable fun vehicle for private use. The 'Suba-Roo' is a single-track, self-contained, portable vehicle. Its drive is based on the powerful leaps of a kangaroo. The all-terrain 'Suba-Roo' can be used anywhere and is equipped with the Eye-Sight driver assistance system from Subaru.


The Toyota 'E-Grus' is an electric vehicle for commuters. It is suitable for long distances as well as for environmentally friendly city traffic. Following the example of an elastic crane, the 'E-Grus' can be moved autonomously. It takes full advantage of its aerodynamic design to drive efficiently and stably at high speeds - similar to a flying crane. In dual mode, the active metal surface becomes either flexible or hardens horizontally or vertically by means of electrical currents.


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