The 2002 Autonomy Concept is a Hot Wheels casting based on General Motors concept car, Autonomy Concept, debuting in the 2003 First Editions. This die cast has a removable body and reveals a clean interior: without seats, steering, instrument panel, etc.
Autonomy is the first vehicle designed from the ground up around a fuel cell propulsion system and the first to combine fuel cells with drive-by-wire technology, which allows steering, braking and other vehicle systems to be controlled electronically rather than mechanically, the result is an entirely new vehicle architecture that is far greater than the sum of its innovative parts. With autonomy, an almost endless variety of affordable, all-wheel-drive vehicles could be built from a limited number of common chassis, possibly as few as two or three, emitting only water from the tailpipe.
Since a fuel cell propulsion system is about twice as efficient at an internal combustion engine, a fuel cell vehicle could provide twice the fuel efficiency of a comparably sized conventional vehicle, and an optimized fuel cell vehicle like Autonomy would be even more efficient. Inside the vehicle, a driver doesn’t have to be seated within a comfortable reach of the pedals, because there aren’t any. A hand-operated steering guide replaces the traditional foot pedals, instrument panel and steering column, modeling, in some ways, how planes, motorcycles and snowmobiles operate. Now, the driver can sit anywhere in the vehicle.
The 2002 Autonomy Concept has come out in the following versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|Silver||blue/white HW logo||candy blue||Blue tint||none||SK5||56377||Malaysia||Detachable base|
|5pk||2004||Cyborg Assault||Silver||Red & Black tampos on side, Silver Cyborg Face||Black metal||Red||none||Red SK5||B3619||China|
|White||Silver outlined flames, white reverse flames on top.||Unpainted Metal||Purple Tint||none||Light Purple tint SK5||G6837||Malaysia|
|White||Silver outlined flames, white reverse flames on top.||Unpainted Metal||Magenta Tint||none||Magenta tint SK5||G6837||Malaysia|
|White||Silver outlined flames, white reverse flames on top.||Unpainted Metal||Magenta Tint||none||Magenta PR5||G6837||Malaysia|
|2007||Walmart 20 pack||Silver||Red & Black tampos on side, Gold Cyborg Face||Black metal||Red||none||Chrome SK5||K7371||China|
|5pk||2008||Hybrid Racers||Black||Green and Gray tampos with "Fuel Cell Propulsion"||Unpainted Metal||Green||none||SK5||L9968||Thailand|