Here is the first of many 2007 LA Design Challenge Robocar 2057 posts today. First up is Volkswagen and their design team from the Volkswagen/Audi Design Center of California.
“Volkswagen’s solution is an advanced autonomous vehicle that dynamically adapts to minimize its footprint in the city and its drag coefficient on the highways.
When in the city, these two-wheeled, teardrop shaped pods travel in an upright orientation that occupies one fifth the size of a traditional vehicle. When on the special freeway lane called the “Slipstream,’ it tilts to a horizontal orientation optimizing its aerodynamic shape. Rear fins slide out to allow the rear of the vehicles to float like the tail section of an airplane to achieve speeds in excess of 250mph.
The skin of the vehicles is made of hyper-efficient solar panels that power the vehicles.”
Click through for the images.
Volkswagen SlipStream Gallery:
Source: LA Auto Show
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