Your future car may be on their drawing boards now! What will you be driving in the 1990s? To get a sneak preview, we talked to some of today's innovative, young automobile design students. A hub of creative activity in the field is the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. The influence of former students of its Transportation Design Department can be seen in cars such as the Corvette, Fiero, Thunderbird and many others. The Art Center claims to have produced more than half of today's American auto designers. The students we talked to were involved in a project for the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The assignment: Design a safer car, using state-of-the-art technology and design ideas to make it easy and fun to drive. The students' designs passed through several stages, from drawings, to clay models, to a full-size model.
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