Subaru 'Sharc' wins design challenge

Last updated 07:10 05/12/2012
The Subaru SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) for the LA Design Challenge.
The Subaru SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) for the LA Design Challenge.

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Subaru's Sharc (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) has won the Design Challenge at the LA Auto Show.

Click photo at left to view all the LA Auto Show Design Challenge entries.

This year's Design Challenge theme - Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025 - called upon automotive design studios to create the ultimate 2025 law enforcement patrol vehicle that supports the needs of dynamic urban environments.

As a futuristic model for 24-hour highway monitoring, the SHARC provides protection and rapid emergency response solutions for Hawaii's highway patrol.

Five other companies - BMW, General Motors, Honda and Mercedes-Benz - 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.

With global collaboration among its design studios, the creative minds at Subaru developed the cutting-edge SHARC as an affordable and environmentally conscious highway patrol vehicle that meets Hawaii's strict UltraGreen carbon-neutral environmental regulations. With visible trends in reduced highway patrol budgets worldwide, SHARC vehicles are powered by renewable energy and operate autonomously, eliminating the need for a large full-time highway patrol staff.

Entries were judged by multi-discipline design professionals who selected the winner based upon various factors including: consideration of future needs for advanced technology; speed and agility on future freeway systems; creativity of the solution; meeting the specific region's mandated emission standards; and environmental sensitivity for maintenance and recyclability.

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