Mar 9 2015
Smart 341 Parkour concept features not only futuristic design but also interesting reporter story.
Because this year, LA Design Challenge was not just about designing and developing car of the future, but also inventing a story worthy of Hollywood. These designers have convinced the jury of the LA Design Challenge 2011 with their film “Annie get the Grannies” that takes place every year within the framework of the Los Angeles Auto Show. This compact car design combines innovation and functionality with an exciting film plot to captivate jury from multi-discipline design professionals.
Designers : Sylvain Wehnert, Emiel Burki and Phillipp Haban
Smart 341 Parkour boasts groundbreaking super all-rounder design completed with a transparent passenger cell for optimum visibility. User can drive this car normally on the road, climb up or even fly, a perfect vehicle for reporter Annie Angle to research her story that she hopes will give a boost to her career as a journalist. For this genius story plot, Mercedes Benz designers won the first place in the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2011.
Annie Gets The Grannies
In a world of continuous change, in Cantpark City, reporter Annie Angle is beginning a new chapter in her life. Cantpark City is famous for its friendly people, the beautiful weather, but notoriously known for a lack of parking spaces. On an early Sunday morning, an article in a newspaper catches Annie’s eyes… “Smart Granny Robots missing!!!”
Annie sets off on a journey to solve the mystery of the missing Grannies and to earn her first, potentially career-making, front page news article. Her Smart 341 Parkour vehicle plays a key role in this private investigation, providing both effective transportation and favourable sleuthing capabilities.
Several features enable her to take pictures from the best possible locations. The large greenhouse gives Annie 360 degrees of visibility while travelling through the inner city. The wheels are retractable and contain impulse pads and vacuum cups. The hexagon skin around the wheelhouse is adjustable to release the wheels. The Smart has different modes: a typical drive mode, a fly mode that allows the vehicle to hover far above the streets and a climb mode that allows the vehicle to run up the walls of skyscrapers.
You can see what the Smart 341 Parkour is all about in the fake promotional video below: