For the 2009 LA Auto Show Design Challenge the competition
was to design a vehicle for 2030 which would appeal to
younger consumers. However judging by some of the theoretical
technology Honda have bundled into the Helix concept they've
designed a vehicle for 3030!
The Helix is capable of shifting shape,
color or even material properties
Advanced adaptive polymers, capable of shifting shape,
color or even material properties, when coupled with the
user's genetic code (DNA), will allow a vehicle to not
just function as transportation, but rather be an extension
of the user, evolving in parallel with the user throughout
his or her life. Ownership will become more about the
fulfillment for the driver through time and less about
fulfillment of a product's lifespan. The longer the vehicle
is with its owner, the more time it has to evolve to meet
the user‘s needs, and ultimately form a unique singular
bond between both human and machine DNA.
The Honda Helix is a multi-configuration vehicle which
can be used in a variety of ways to suit the road conditions.
These configurations are labeled A, B and Z.
A" is short and wide for cities that have very tight
and intertwining road systems, where agility and speed
allow a vehicle to more easily navigate chaotic traffic
patterns. "B" is long and low for the sprawling
cities of the world, where large distances allow for high
speed travel. "Z" is tall and thin for congested
cities of the world, where seating occupants vertically
on two levels has the most volume per minimum footprint
of any vehicle.
By using flexible and transforming multi-functioning parts,
the Helix adapts and reacts to specific environments and
traffic patterns by changing the orientation of its main
capsule for optimal environmental operation and user functionality.
Bio-receptors allow the vehicle to micro-adjust even further
to meet the exact demands of the user and the environment.
The direction of movement stays constant no matter what
conformation the vehicle assumes.
The Honda Helix is a vehicle capable of adapting, evolving,
and conforming to user needs anywhere in the world. Using
insight gained from the human genome, biotechnology, and
environmental forecasting, the Honda Helix will actively
and dynamically conform to the user's needs, in environments
ranging from the congested skies of Japan, to the wide
open roads of America.
Similar and related vehicles:
Honda Sports 4
Honda Accord Coupe
Honda Small Hybrid Sports