For the 11th annual edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, five vehicle manufacturer design studios were invited to imagine a future connected vehicle

Entries for the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge have been unveiled.  This year organizers chose the theme of a connected vehicle or interface system designed with human emotion in mind. Vehicle concepts needed to reflect the potential advances in technology and aesthetics for the year 2029 with particular attention paid to how a vehicle might interact with human senses.

A common approach among all of the entries was to further push the idea of the intelligent vehicle, which is more aware of its user or surrounding vehicles, or both through technology. Some of these types of systems are already available in current production cars like adaptive cruise control and driver alertness monitoring. Designers are envisioning broader use of human implants and hybrid-organic materials in the future which will allow the vehicle to become more of an extension of the owners’ body.

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