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The theme of this year's LA Design Challenge is "Sensing the future" and asks, "How will cars interact with us in 2029?" Infiniti has kicked off entries in the LA Auto Show's yearly visionary party with its low, wide and versatile Synaptiq concept. Less a car and more of a set of interlocking pieces, the Synaptiq is termed a "universal fuselage pod," a teardrop-shaped capsule with a liquid-crystal canopy that can be fitted to different propulsion devices: a Formula One-like chassis, a desert bug

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This year's theme for the LA Design Challenge was announced back in September and focuses on creating a "Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025," and with the Jon and Ponch long into retirement, we get our first glimpse of what a CHiPs of the future might look like. BMW, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Subaru have all accepted the challenge, and each has released an entrant for the annual design competition with the winner being announced on November 29 during the LA Auto Show.

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For the last nine years, the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge has been part of the LA Auto Show, pitting design studios from around the world against each other in a forward-thinking competition.

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As we revealed last month, the theme for this year's LA Design Challenge is Hollywood – more specifically, what the silver screen's next iconic automobile might be. For some reason, this year's challenge features a lot fewer entrants than year's past. In fact, half of the field comes from Daimler, with concepts submitted by Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and Smart. The other three competitors are Honda, Hyundai and Subaru.

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Hollywood and the automobile have had a long and storied relationship together. Iconic vehicles routinely appear on the silver screen, and end up earning a place in the hearts of millions of fans. When you see a highland green Mustang, you think McQueen and San Franciscio. A Delorean will push your throttle foot down until you're driving 88 miles per hour, while a black Audi S8 will remind you to know how to walk out of the place you're walking into.

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Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Nissan iV concept – Click above for high-res image gallery of all 2010 LA Auto Show Design Challenge entrants

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Nissan iV concept – Click above for high-res image gallery of all 2010 LA Auto Show Design Challenge entrants

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Randy Rodriguez, designer of the Nissan 370Z – Click above to read the interview

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Mazda Souga Concept from LA Design Challenge 2009 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mazda Souga Concept from LA Design Challenge 2009 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for more renderings of the Mazda KAAN concept

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Click above to view all LA Design Challenge contenders after the jump

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click above image for full gallery of the 2057 Mazda MotoNari RX

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click above image for more views of the 2057 GM OnStar Ant

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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 automaker 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

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