Just like Honda, Toyota's projecting a future of overcrowding. The year 2057, designers note, will transpire in an era of limited ground space and copious atmospheric pollutants. But don't despair. The Toyota Biomobile Mecha will not only be able to move vertically to reach ever-taller structures, but it'll do so by using pollution as an energy source. (Time to go long on particulate futures.) Four nanolaser wheels will do what nanolasers do best, that is impress the crap out of English majors. Toyota says the Mecha concept would expand and contract horizontally and vertically to change its function from dwelling to commuter car. Think of it as an overengineered VW Westfalia for our grandkids. [Design Los Angeles]

Press Release:

Toyota Biomobile Mecha
It is the year 2057 and due to limited ground space, vertical architectures have caused the transportation industry to create new pathways that also explore vertical space.

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An innovative solution is discovered in biomimicry. Inspired by life found in nature, the vehicle is powered by pollution with dynamic driving instincts and structural adaptations to accommodate the user's need for space.

This vehicle's unique capability to extract pollutants in the air and utilize it as an energy source restores balance to our atmosphere. It is able to autonomously adapt to its driving environment by utilizing its four nano-laser wheels. Nanotechnology also enables the structure of the vehicle to expand and contract horizontally and vertically to serve as a compact commuter, an aerodynamic performance vehicle and temporary dwelling.

Calty Design Research
Design Team:
Edward Lee
Erwin Lui
Yo Hiruta
Kevin Hunter