With the automotive landscape constantly changing, law enforcement vehicles must also evolve.
For this year’s L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge(2012) , designers were tasked with envisioning the Highway Patrol’s bad guy-foiling vehicle for the year 2025. Subaru Global Design’s SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) has been crowned the winner of the competition.
To satisfy the specific needs of Highway Patrol officers, the designs had to meet certain criteria, including speed and agility for future freeway systems and being a manageable size to navigate urban environments. In addition, entries were judged on considerations for tomorrow’s issues like the need for efficient power trains alternative fuels, meeting emission standards, as well as maintenance and recycle-ability concerns. The more creative the solution, the better.
That story takes place in Hawaii in the year 2025, where highway patrol budgets are shrinking just as they are elsewhere in the world. To meet this challenge, Subaru’s SHARC automated response vehicle was conceived as an affordable and environmentally conscious option offering 24-hour highway monitoring by land or air. Powered by renewable energy, the concept meets Hawaii’s strict UltraGreen carbon-neutral environmental regulations and eliminates the need for a large full-time highway patrol team.
Subaru’s win wasn’t a walk in the park, however, as the field of six competing entries was made up entirely of major automaker design studios. The entries were as diverse as they were radical, with vehicles ranging from the drone-deploying highway cruiser of BMW, to the hydrogen-powered, off-road-focused Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force. Here’s a quick rundown of the other competitors’ designs: