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The LA Auto Show arrives in town, but does it have the buzz it once did? As Angelenos trade in cars for bikes, buses and trains, DnA looks at the changing nature of mobility in the capital of the automobile -- from the hydrogen fuel cell car and the autonomous vehicle to the Hyperloop. With Jerry Hirsch, David Undercoffler and Craig Hodgetts. On Everything Talks, with Tom Saunders, a “fixie” has a run-in with a 27-speed Felt Verza City bike.

Image: Courtesy of the L.A. Times

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caroline Chamberlain

Main Topic Hyperloop 11 MIN, 13 SEC

Craig Hodgetts is a professor of architecture and urban design at UCLA and starting next August he will co-lead a “Suprastudio” of graduate students to help develop the Hyperloop. 

On board with him are Marco Villa, the former director of mission operations for SpaceX, and Patricia Galloway, the first woman president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The studio is part of a coalition that includes the newly formed Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. and JumpStartFund, a crowdfunding site. The group reportedly has Elon Musk’s “blessing” if not -- yet -- his money. 

 

Guests:
Craig Hodgetts, Hodgetts + Fung

Main Topic Everything Talks 3 MIN, 42 SEC
Comedian Tom Saunders tells us what objects really think.

Guests:
Tom Saunders, TV comedy writer (@tommy_saunders )

Main Topic L.A. Auto Show 12 MIN, 33 SEC

Jerry Hirsch of the Los Angeles Times says the LA Auto Show now serves as the showcase for clean energy cars. He and his colleague David Undercoffler say that Hydrogen fuel cell cars are becoming the next big thing in green technology. They also discuss the future of autonomous cars.

Guests:
Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times (@LATimesJerry)
David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times (@LATimes_driven)

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