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Melts In the Streets, Not In Your Hands

Tue, 07/20/2010 - 7:56am
Lauren DeStefano, Associate Editor

Lauren DeStefanoDo you ever find yourself trying to squeeze your car into a tight parking spot? Isn’t it a pain when the power goes out and you can’t park your car in the garage? A conceptual design from Mercedes-Benz could theoretically solve all your problems.

In 2007, Mercedes-Benz entered their new design into the LA Auto Show Design Challenge. They called it the Silver Flow. The theme of the show was “Robocar 2057” and the goal was to come up with a new car design with a combination of vehicle technology and artificial intelligence.

The LA Auto Show Design Challenge had eight studios in southern California who were given the opportunity to create their own idea of the Robocar 2057. The Mercedes Silver Flow was designed within the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center of North America in Irvine, California. The futuristic image is sleek, silver and gold, evoking the 1930’s Grand Prix racers.

Mercedes-Benz SilverFlow

The Silver Flow is composed of micro-metallic particles and is held together by patterns of magnetic fields. The car is able to form into any design that you wish because of the “key fob” which is pre-programmed with modes. Parking the car will be much easier because the car can actually compact to fit into tight spaces. The Silver Flow can also adapt to the driver in any type of driving conditions. It can transform from the typical highway cruiser to a sleek, compact city car or into a two-passenger in a matter of seconds just by the push of a button. The most shocking element about the Silver Flow is that it can dissolve into a pool of Ferro-magnetic material that can be stored in something as small as a duffle bag.

Dents, scratches, and accidents are some of the most irritating parts of owning a vehicle, but with the Silver Flow it can repair itself and depending on the amount of source material, the color, configuration and size can all be altered depending on what you desire.

“The Los Angeles Design Challenge is certainly a creative challenge with this futuristic concept. The Silver Flow reflects our successful motor sports history, while boldly suggesting innovative solutions for the individual mobility of coming generations,” said Professor H.C. Peter Pfeiffer, Senior Vice President Mercedes-Benz Design.

As of now, the Silver Flow is still only a two-dimensional figure. The drawings and ideas are all there; now all Mercedes needs to do is build, which may take decades if they decide to go through with it at all.

Will this melting, morphing vehicle be possible? No one really knows, but the idea of having a car that can melt into a puddle in a matter of seconds or transform into different styles like in the movies is definitely something worth talking about!

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