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Subaru SHARC takes out 2012 LA Design Challenge


December 4, 2012

The Subaru SHARC has taken out the 2012 LA Design Challenge

The Subaru SHARC has taken out the 2012 LA Design Challenge

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Subaru’s SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) has been named the winner of the 2012 LA Design Challenge. The futuristic concept car was chosen by the judges as the best embodiment of the “Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025."

Subaru’s SHARC beat six other automotive design studios, each of which presented its own concept of "the ultimate 2025 law enforcement patrol vehicle that supports the needs of dynamic urban environments."

Subaru’s design for an unmanned 24-hour highway monitoring vehicle is intended for use by Hawaii’s highway patrol to police the state’s hypothetical “Paradise Highway” spanning the waters between the islands in 2025. The design is meant to be not only cutting edge, but also to conform to Hawaii’s UltraGreen carbon-neutral environmental regulations and eliminate the need for a large patrol staff in a time of shrinking budgets.

The SHARC is basically a big kevlar balloon with a framework made out of memory material that changes when you run a charge through it. Launched out of a tube, it expands to full size revealing wheels that are shockingly multipurpose. Each one has a 96 bhp electric wheel hub motor and the band-like tires have two tread surfaces set at an angle so the SHARC can make high-speed runs or navigate rough terrain. In between the treads is a slot for the headlamps and tail lights to shine through and the blade-like wheel spokes are actually propellers for when the SHARC takes to the air.

At the end of the day, SHARC deflates itself, rolls itself up again and goes back in its tube.

Source: Subaru

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David Szondy David Szondy is a freelance writer based in Monroe, Washington. An award-winning playwright, he has contributed to Charged and iQ magazine and is the author of the website Tales of Future Past. All articles by David Szondy

Sounds good, but is it actually possible?

Joel Detrow

Hmmm....let's see. A Paradise Highway to span between the islands, a shape-shifting swissarmyknife on-road/off-road drone, and a budget for this probably somewhere north of ZOUNDS!!! And they are worried about hiring a few more troopers due to shrinking budgets?

Bruce H. Anderson

In 2025 they will be saying, "I wish we still had the Crown Vic."

Larry Hoffman

Go Go Gadget Car! Seriously though I guess I don't understand what problem the design is intended to solve.


In 2025 most of Hawaii will be underwater.

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