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Last year's Los Angeles Auto Show featured green technology. This year's is all about communications technology, and the bottom line is that the car becomes a sort of mobile device, a smart phone. Will a new generation fall in love with cars if they're connected?  What about driving distractions?  Speaking of driving, will California voters agree to double the car tax for road repair? Should all drivers have to pay by the mile?

167x120 image for tp131120is_the_sky_really_faOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, coverage of the Affordable Care Act has been all about Healthcare.gov and President Obama's false reassurances.  But health insurance reform is bigger than politics. We look at where it appears to be working as well as where it's not.

 

Banner image: Saul Gonzalez

Main Topic Paying for Roads in the Future 10 MIN, 46 SEC

We've heard how cars are evolving into mobile communications devices. They still need roads to drive on, at a time when highway conditions are worse than ever and money for repair and construction is running short on the local, state and federal levels. California voters may soon face the option of doubling the car tax, chopped in half by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Guests:
Gary Richards, San Jose Mercury News (@mrroadshow)
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)

Main Topic Will Your Car Become Just Another Mobile Device? 16 MIN, 13 SEC

Forget about speed, power, gas mileage and green technology. This year's Los Angeles Auto Show is about connecting the car to the Cloud. And, in LA's increasingly connected car culture, do pedestrians stand a chance? KCRW's Saul Gonzalez reports on what's on view at the Convention Center.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Deborah Murphy, Los Angeles Walks (@LosAngelesWalks)

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