Subaru wins 2012 Design Challenge – Ruge’s Subaru

4 Dec

By George KennedyRSS feed

Posted Dec 3rd 2012 6:31PM

Part of the festivities that encompass the LA Auto Show is the annual LA Design Challenge. This year’s winner was the Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept, or SHARC. It envisioned automated, zero-emission highway patrolling.

The 2012 edition of the challenge was to envision the future of highway patrol in the year 2025. The goal was to conceptualize a vehicle that would account for the needs of “dynamic urban environments.” In addition to Subaru’s participation in the contest BMWGeneral MotorsHonda and Mercedes-Benz, all took part in the challenge.

The SHARC is essentially a law enforcement land-drone. It is entirely automated and runs on renewable energy. Subaru envisioned a future where the Hawaiian Islands are connected to each other by a large highway system. Such an expansive area would require considerable manpower to patrol. The concept of an autonomous patrol vehicle would eliminate the need for a good number of full-time personnel.

Given the proliferation of UAVs and the ongoing development of autonomous cars, this notion of an automated patrol vehicle could be a reality in years to come. For this vision of the future, Subaru was awarded as the 2012 LA Design Challenger winner.

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