LOS ANGELES – November 29, 2012 – Subaru’s Highway
Automated Response Concept (SHARC) vehicle won the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge competition. The theme for this year’s competition was “Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025″.
Premier automotive design studios were tasked with creating the ultimate 2025 law enforcement patrol vehicle that supports the needs of dynamic urban environments. Six studios from BMW, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Subaru showcased entries featuring cutting-edge vehicle designs with drone technology, land and air capabilities, electric vehicle systems and renewable resource-fueled vehicles equipped with topographical scanners.
“All judges were impressed with the high level of innovation and technology from the finalists this year,” said Chuck Pelly from Design LA. “The SHARC captured the vision of the Design Challenge theme by combining functionality and problem-solving technology around a dynamic and plausible story.”
The creative minds at Subaru developed the SHARC as an affordable and environmentally conscious highway patrol vehicle that meets Hawaii’s strict UltraGreen carbon-neutral environmental regulations. Following trends in reduced highway patrol budgets, SHARC vehicles are powered by renewable energy and operate autonomously, eliminating the need for a large full-time highway patrol staff.
For more information on the LA Auto Show Design Challenge sponsored by Faurecia and Yokohama Tire, read the full release here.