LA Design Challenge 2012 theme is 2025 Highway Patrol Vehicle

Automotive Design 6 Sep 2012
LA Design Challenge 2012 theme is 2025 Highway Patrol Vehicle

At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, automotive design studios from the U.S., Germany and Japan will present a law enforcement vehicle for the year 2025.


The ninth annual Design Challenge will take place during the LA Auto Show Press Days, on November 28-29, 2012.

So far, design studios from Bentley, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and Subaru have accepted the challenge.

The winning design will be announced Nov. 29 during an event at the LA Auto Show Press Days.

Smart 341 Parkour The Smart 341 Parkour, winner of the 2011 edition

Judging criteria will be based upon various factors including: consideration of future needs for advanced technology, speed and agility on future freeway systems; creativity of the solution; meeting a specific region’s emission standards; and environmental sensitivity, including maintenance and recyclability.

“One of the most difficult yet important tasks in design is looking into the future to envision and create the trends and tools that haven’t been imagined,” said Chuck Pelly, director of Design Los Angeles and partner in The Design Academy, Inc.

“Adding the element of law enforcement to this year’s competition creates another layer of importance that makes a challenge equal to the level of our participants.”

Entries will be judged by:

  • Tom Matano, executive director, School of Industrial Design at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University;
  • Imre Molnar, provost and chief academic officer at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies;
  • Stewart Reed, chair of Transportation Design at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design.

This year’s guest judge, Bruce Meyer, is a board member of the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, which provides emergency benefits to CHP employees and the members of their families in times of crisis.

Cadillac Aera Concept Smart 454 WWT Concept
Above: the Cadillac Aera and the Smart 454 WWT, winners of the LA Design Challenge in 2010

Mr. Meyer is perhaps better known as a high-profile collector, former racer and past chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum.

The Brief

The pace of change in society accelerates every year, with breakthrough technologies and rapidly developing countries constantly rewriting the rules in a global economy. How this translates into life on the road for the general public is open to interpretation, but for law enforcement, it is a mission-critical assignment.

To better patrol our roads and effectively “protect and serve,” the future highway patrol vehicle will have to be designed with an entirely new set of considerations, including advanced powertrains, alternative fuels, telemetrics and new sizes to effectively navigate dynamic urban environments.

About the LA Design Challenge

The Design Challenge is sponsored by Faurecia, the world’s sixth-largest automotive supplier specializing in automotive seating, emissions control technologies, interior systems and auto exteriors, as well as Yokohama Tire, which works closely with auto manufacturers in the U.S., Europe and Japan to develop tires for the latest concept vehicles.

Other sponsors that make Design Los Angeles possible include, Dassault Systemes, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) and Lacks Enterprises.

(Source: LA Auto Show)

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