The news is full of Detroit's woes. Chrysler is drawing up bankruptcy papers, GM is shuttering its plants for nine weeks, and just this morning Ford posted a $1.4 billion first quarter loss. Some critics blame the U.S. auto industry's current problems on the ghosts of cars past. Boring design led to weak car sales that led to the financial crisis. So how should Detroit plan for the future?
This week the arts and culture radio program Studio 360
visits Los Angeles to look at the kind of innovative ideas about car design coming out of that city. Host Kurt Andersen
spoke with hot rodders
, low riders
, and car designers
freed from the constrictions of working inside the Detroit system to see where the American car industry could be. He also took a ride in an electric car on three wheels that's straight out of The Jetsons
. He joins The Takeaway with an account of what he learned about the future of cars.