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click above image for more views of the 2057 Honda 124

The Car: Based on the assumption that future populations will be redistributed to the suburbs (didn't that already happen?), Honda's solution is a commuter car called the 124 (pronounced 1 to the fourth) that's actually four cars in one. The 124 is kind of the ultimate car for carpooling, as each module comes together to form a whole car that can take advantage of HOV lanes. The whole operation is solar-powered, and Honda claims that a single driver would not own the 124 outright, but that four people would own shares in it. Click here for Honda's convoluted diagram of how it all works.

The Future According to Honda: In a fit of desperation back in 2025, the people of Earth decided to incinerate their overwhelming amount of garbage by hurtling it at the sun. Aside from freeing up new real estate that once was occupied by landfills, this solution also created sunlight that provides a lot more energy than it did back in 2007 with the added bonus of leather-like tans taking all of five minutes. This has made solar-powered vehicles a reality (finally!). Unfortunately, the municipal cost of launching trash into space means humanity is poor from paying exorbitant taxes. As such, a single family can only afford 1/4th of a real car and must travel in HOV lanes with strangers.

Weirdness Factor (1 - I could buy that today, 10 - OMG WTF): 5

The annual LA Auto Show Design Challenge entries have been revealed and we'll be showing off the entire series today on Autoblog. The challenge's theme this year is "Robocar 2057" and we think each team tells a story with their design of how that particular manufacturer views the future in 50 years. We'll tell you those stories, which are entirely fictional, written by us and not associated with the actual automakers involved in any way, as we introduce you to the cars, and at the end of the day we'll have an unofficial poll to crown our own winner.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wipeout XL for the win!
      • 7 Years Ago
      inspired by WipeOut??

      very cool looking indeed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Leave it to Honda to predict a bleak future for cars in a fun contest - realistic to the end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's funny to watch all of these over-eager Honda bashers jump all over this article before they realize this is part of a series and it's supposed to be fun, fantastical, futuristic, science fiction. Relax fellas.

      Go check out the mercedes 2057 car, it's my favorite so far...
      • 7 Years Ago
      If we destroy the moon, thats like, idk 15% more sun. But if we destroy ASHUMO I know my day will be brighter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like how it's a 2007 model in the title. I think you guys mean 2057.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'm not sharing my car with anyone.

      but i would drive that, it just needs jet force thrust injectors, not dinky solar driven power.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, hurling garbage at the sun would do little to create more solar energy. LOL And furthermore, even if garbage had the capabilities of fueling nuclear fusion of HYDROGEN, which it doesnt, the sun has been gaining in intensity for the last 100 years, do we really need it to become more intense?

      I mean, if they're thinking the extra light contained in the vaporization of garbage is actually gonna change the luminosity of the sun they're really stupid and I'm glad I don't buy their cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh, and I don't wanna hear about the hydrogen contained in garbage. ;) Its not enough to even make a dent... let alone a chip.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm guessing the designer was talking about using the landfill space for solar farms, not gaining solar power from the burned up garbage. Also, this was a Honda sponsored challenge for design students. The student created the scenario, not Honda. But it sounds like you don't need an another excuse not to buy a Honda anyway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not seeing the 'removing garbage' to 'more solar energy' connection. Is anybody else?
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Unfortunately, the municipal cost of launching trash into space means humanity is poor from paying exorbitant taxes. As such, a single family can only afford 1/4th of a real car and must travel in HOV lanes with strangers."

      The article also stated that carpoolers will be able to equally split transportation costs. Uh... Exactly how much does Solar Energy cost anyway? Lol
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