Volkswagen Nanospyder - LA Design Challenger
(from Volkswagen Press Release)
VW – Nanospyder
Designers: Patrick Faulwetter, Daniel Simon and Ian Hunter
In the year 2015 the Department of Transportation mandated that
to be 100% recyclable. In addition, to keep up with the latest
standards, the vehicles will have a lifespan of 5 years.
We envision that Volkswagen would respond to this mandate by
company-wide change in the manufacturing processes by adopting and
the latest advances in nano-technology to eventually create a
would not only meet the requirements, but exceed all expectations.
The Volkswagen Nanospyder would be the cutting edge of recyclability.
would use nano-technology to create a vehicle capable of being
disassembled, and reassembled on a microscopic level. Billions of
nano-machines no larger than a half a millimeter in diameter would
one another in a large assembly tank. This method would create
are optimized for strength, weight and safety to an unprecedented
The ability to vary the apparent density of the frame would allow us
engineer “crumple zones“ for safety. Using sensor data the nano-machines
would be able to sense an impending collision and strengthen or
connection to each other to ensure the survival of the passengers.