With LA among the biggest markets for cars in the US - and hence worldwide - it's hardly surprising that it has become a model for future car sales. LA was among the first to take environmental steps with its clean air rules and the LA Auto Show continues this future-looking direction by running a themed 'Design Challenge' competition every year to look at the future of the car.
This year's Design Challenge at the LA show is 'Youthmobile 2030', which looks specifically at how the automobile will be shaped by future generations. The car has been instrumental in young people's social lives and acted as a form of self expression, this year's Youthmobile 2030 Design Challenge looking specifically how the cars role will change with the implementation of new communication technology. Mobile phones with video and cameras, internet on the move and social networking have seen a dramatic impact on how the young and old live their lives in recent years, and the LA Design Challenge is looking to see how the new generation of drivers aged 16-23 will connect with the car in the year 2030.
The challenge looks to do exactly that - challenge conventional thinking and models of how we use our cars. The results as ever are fascinating and the list of entrants is outlined below: