The 2006 Volkswagen Nanospyder was one of the entries
to the annual LA Auto Show's Design Challenge.
The Volkswagen Nanospyder exists in a fictional, yet possible,
future where the Department of Transport has made it a
legal requirement that vehicles must be 100% recyclable.
And in order to keep up to date with the latest safety
advances vehicles only have a lifespan of 5 years.
The construction process of the Volkswagen Nanospyder
would be unlike any ever used on a vehicle before. The
Nanospyder would use nano-technology to create a vehicle
capable of being assembled, disassembled, and reassembled
on a microscopic level. Billions of tiny nano-machines
no larger than a half a millimeter in diameter would attach
themselves to one another in a large assembly tank in
order to form a complete vehicle. After the Nanospyder's
5 year lifespan the vehicle would be returned to the tank,
the nano-machines would disconnect, and then await instructions
to form the next generation of Volkswagen vehicles.
The ability to vary the apparent density of the Volkswagen
Nanospyder's frame would allow the ability to engineer
"crumple zones" for safety. Using sensor data
the nano-machines would be able to sense an impending
collision and strengthen or weaken their connection to
each other to ensure the survival of the passengers.
Power for the Volkswagen Nanospyder concept would come
from electricity, provided by a bio-engineered protein
on the skin of the vehicle using photosynthesis, and a
hydrogen-fueled power source.
The Volkswagen Nanospyder is a brilliant and innovative
idea, but if we're complaining about the complexity of
computer controlled engine management systems now, imagine
the skills needed to work on the Nanospyder. Maintenance
would require an entirely new form of mechanic to perform
even the most basic services.
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