LA Design Challenge 2013: L.A. Subways by BMW Group DesignworksUSA

Concept Design 17 Nov 2013
LA Design Challenge 2013: L.A. Subways by BMW Group DesignworksUSA

To solve LA’s daily traffic congestion BMW Group DesignworksUSA designers have conceived an underwater transportation system that uses the city rivers and vehicles inspired by sea creatures.


Presented by BMW Group DesignworksUSA at the LA Design Challenge 2013, L.A. Subways. is a project inspired by the efficiency of swarms and the unique power generating processes found within cells.

LA Subways by BMW DesignworksUSA - Design Panel

LA Subways by BMW DesignworksUSA - Design Panel

The vehicles are propelled “using bacteria and an electrochemical reaction between saltwater and freshwater to produce hydrogen fuel.”

LA Subways by BMW DesignworksUSA - Design Panel

LA Subways by BMW DesignworksUSA - Design Panel

The fish-inspired submarines, created with the MINI brand in mind, also integrate small robots hidden in the sidepods and capable of cleaning the exterior surfaces from the algae.

LA Subways by BMW DesignworksUSA - Design Panel

  • Design Team: John Buckingham, Anders Thogersen, Jose Casas, Daniel Hahn, Marc Girard

(Source: LA Auto Show)

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  1. SSeb
    20/11/2013

    Five designers to create this student-level concept? Shame on you Bmw Designwork!!

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