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Posted: October 12, 2007
Toyota's nanotechnology RoboCar of 2057
(Nanowerk News) And here it is, this week's entry for our Slow News Friday section:
The LA Auto Show, which will take place from November 16-25, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA, will include a Design Challenge a part of the Design Los Angeles automobile designers' conference. This Design Challenge has become a highly anticipated competition that pits design studios against each other to flex their creativity. The topic this year is RoboCar of 2057.
Eight automotive design studios based in Southern California, including Audi, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen created design concepts that envision the RoboCar of 2057. These futuristic designs adapt to a variety of environmental conditions and consumer needs, from battling LA's traffic vertically to turning pollutants extracted out of the air into fuel and even picking the kids up after soccer practice without the need for a human driver.
Toyota's Biomobile Mecha (Image: LA Auto Show)
Toyota's Calty Design Research entry is the Biomobile Mecha which can extract pollutants in the air and utilize it as an energy source. Nanotechnology also enables the structure of the vehicle to expand and contract horizontally and vertically for multiple uses.
Unfortunately, the "nanotechnology" was not specified. But we'll take their word for it...