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Cars November, 19 2012

ePatrol – BMW Group DesignworksUSA Shows Futuristic Vision of Police Vehicle of the Year 2025

The LA Auto Show asked for their 2012 event, which happens later this month, design teams to submit their visions of a police vehicle in the year 2025. Today we can give you a look at what the BMW Group DesignworksUSA has imagined.

“The design of the ePatrol Vision centers on a modular structure and drone technology that enhanced both teamwork and accessibility. The main structure can deploy three drones. The top drone sits above the main structure and is a flying drone, while the other two are one wheel vehicles attached to the rear. In the case of a pursuit during heavy traffic areas, the patrol officer sitting in the two passenger main structure can deploy either the flying drone or one of the single wheel drones to chase the suspect and report back data to the main structure. When all drones are deployed, the main structure can continue to function. All drones have added protection benefits in that they can send an impulse to another vehicle and disable it. Throughout the exterior design, the team strived to create a powerful stance with an aerodynamic aesthetic and flowing lines.

The interior design was inspired by a woven structure made of aluminum wire inside carbon fibre and polymer resin. The seats form a significant connection between driver and architecture.  From a manufacturing standpoint, the 3D woven carbon fibre structure has the advantage that tooling is not required. All interfaces within the interior are touch screen. For greater protection to the patrol officers, windows are not included in the vehicle. The windshield is replaced with a large screen that on the exterior can communicate critical information such as accidents or route information to other drivers.  On the interior, the large screen acts as a monitor on which data from the drones can be displayed.”

Do you think we will be seeing such police vehicles in 13 years?

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