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Friday, 07 June 2019 13:47

Sci-Fi Futuristic Vehicles From the Movies at the Petersen Auto Museum

Written by Loz Blain, New Atlas
This vision of a 2054 Lexus Roadster was built for one of the personalized advertisements Tom Cruise's character is shown in 2002's Minority Report. This vision of a 2054 Lexus Roadster was built for one of the personalized advertisements Tom Cruise's character is shown in 2002's Minority Report. New Atlas / 4theriders.com

The Petersen Automotive Museum opened a new exhibition focusing on sci-fi vehicles from the big and small screen.

From Robocop to both Blade Runners, three generations of Batman movies to Minority Report, Mad Max and Star Wars, there's a ton of cool stuff to enjoy in our photo gallery.

 

The big budgets and all-encompassing aesthetics of Hollywood movies make incredible things possible in all sorts of areas, from visual effects, fashion and stunts, to camerawork, acting performances, audio and more. However, the movies have been an amazing place to speculate about the future of transport—the results have often been captivating—a snapshot of our thoughts about where the future might lead us, frozen in time.

 

This is the focus of the Petersen Automotive Museum's new exhibition, titled "Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy," which showcased an impressive range of mostly original vehicles you'd recognize from the silver screen.

 

Who could forget the first time they saw Luke and Obi-Wan crossing the deserts of Tatooine in their landspeeder?

 

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Or the first time David Hasselhoff met his talking car K.I.T.T., kicking off the playful relationship at the heart of the Knight Rider series?

 

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Here's Rick Deckard's partially-decommissioned Spinner from 1982's Blade Runner:

 

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Several generations of Batman getabouts are featured, including my personal favorite Batmobile from the 1989 movie with Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger:

 

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And there's a Light Cycle from the recent Tron movie...

 

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Jump into the photo gallery for a tour through the Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibit, which runs through to March 2020 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

 

We thank New Atlas for reprint permission.