This year’s LA Auto Show Design Challenge is all bout future police cars. The designers have to come up with what they think a police cruiser would be like in year 2025. We’ve already looked deeply at Mercedes Ener-G, now check out BMW’s contender, the ePatrol.
Apparently, BMW thinks all people will be criminals in year 2025, judging by what they are proposing. They have come up with a car that can hunt Taliban terrorists in Tora Bora, let alone catching crooks in Los Angeles!
The ePatrol has three onboard drones. Two of them are unmanned ground vehicles that can be deployed to chase baddies in traffic if the main car got stuck, and one is an aerial drone, probably armed with Hellfire missile. The ePatrol also has an impulse weapon.
All those fancy stuff, of course, exist only in the mind of the designers of this thing. But the exterior shape of the ePatrol and the interior, those are what matter in the competition. On the outside, the car appears to have something of the i8 about it. It is a formidable contender, but we still like the Ener-G-Force better.
Laurenz Schaffer, President of DesignworksUSA comments the solution delivered by the design team: “DesignworksUSA`s role as a think tank is to challenge the status quo of existing product solutions”, he says. “We wanted to present a visionary impulse to the theme of highway patrol. Hence our contribution to the L.A. Design Challenge is a vision concept with no links to BMW´s future design strategy. We took the liberty to think out of the box. To emphasize the conceptual approach our design is independent from BMW design elements and known visual cues but looks at new product typologies and fresh ideas on shapes”, Schaffer continues.