In addition to the LA Subways project, at the LA Design Challenge the BMW subsidiary design studio has presented another project inspired by biomimicry, called S.E.E.D. (Sustainable Efficient Exploratory Device).
In order to achieve maximum efficiency through self-sustainability, BMW designers have taken inspiration from nature, and in particular from maple seeds, which use natural element such as gravity and wind to generate mobility.
The S.E.E.D uses a multifunctional rotating tail and solar energy, in addition to wind and gravity as its main sources of mobility.
The concept consists of a cockpit cell, the primary mobility wing and two side arms that work as mini propellers when under water and can generate a web-inspired structure to allow the vehicle to “walk” on water.
The cabin has a multi-faceted screen inspired by dragonfly hexagonal eyes.
The main scope of the vehicle is to explore the world’s harshest environments in search for new life forms and inspiration.
- Design Team: Chris Lee, Nikolaos Siakos, Kai Langer
(Source: LA Auto Show)