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Ford SmartDeviceLink poised to become industry standard for car apps

Ford SmartDeviceLink poised to become industry standard for car apps

Vehicle infotainment systems pretty much experience that same somewhat isolated and dispersed situation that the IoT industry is experiencing. With cars, however, the problem is less pronounced, perhaps because of fewer but stronger players. Still, standardization can still go a long way in pushing new technologies and new lifestyles forward, which is why Ford is offering its SmartDeviceLink software even to its rivals, with Toyota as one of the first to commit to it.

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Target joins Amazon in pulling hoverboards from shelves

Target joins Amazon in pulling hoverboards from shelves

Back to the Future promised us hoverboards by the year 2015. We did end up getting them, but in the most disappointing way. Specifically, the devices that people keep calling “hoverboards” don't actually hover at all. Oh, and they have a tendency to catch on fire. Recently Amazon stopped taking orders for the devices, citing safety concerns, and now another retailer is following suit.

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Amazon pulls out hoverboards while conducting safety check

Amazon pulls out hoverboards while conducting safety check

If you've been considering buying or bringing along a hoverboard, those two-wheeled boards that don't really hover, for the holidays, you might want to rethink your decision or buy them from somewhere other than Amazon. The retailer giant has apparently removed hoverboards from its listings, which may have dismayed fans and Christmas hopefuls and adding to the series of unfortunate, or not, setbacks that the transportation contraption has been facing for the past few weeks. It's not a permanent ban, however. Or at least until Amazon receives indubitablre proof of their safety.

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Kumho Maxplo morphing tire changes shape with driving conditions

Kumho Maxplo morphing tire changes shape with driving conditions

Tires are a very important part of any vehicle because they are the sole contact between the car and the road. Different tires are needed in different conditions, this is why drivers in many cold weather states have to swap to special winter tires during snowy months. Kumho has a new concept tire called the Maxplo that is designed to change its shape depending on driving conditions.

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Elio Motors raises $25M in “non-binding” crowdfunding

Elio Motors raises $25M in “non-binding” crowdfunding

Crowdfunding the production of a vehicle? Sure that's done before, but not really on Kickstarter and nowhere near the sophistication that "equity crowdfunding platform" StartEngine offers potential businesses. But that seems to be exactly what Elio Motors needed to boost the production of their three-wheeler car, now almost two years in the making. After all, they were able to gather $25 million in just a month from over 6,000 investors. But hold your horses, that doesn't mean they really got $25 million in cash, only that the sum was a "non-binding indication of interest."

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Ford unveils F-150 Limited, most luxurious Ford truck ever

Ford unveils F-150 Limited, most luxurious Ford truck ever

Ford has the best selling vehicle in the country with its F-150 truck and it has been the top seller for many years. More and more people around the country are looking to trucks rather than luxury cars and trucks have begun to offer the sort of features previously only found in a luxury car. Ford has announced a new version of the F-150 called the F-150 Limited and it is the most luxurious F-150 ever made according to Ford.

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U.S. Army and Air Force build laser-blasting bomb-disposal vehicle

U.S. Army and Air Force build laser-blasting bomb-disposal vehicle

The latest technology from the U.S. Air Force and Army that could head into the battlefield involves harnessing laser power to destroy fields of landmines from a safe distance. The Air Force-built laser will be incorporated into the Army's mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs). The specific prototype is known as RADBO which stands for Recovery of Airbase Denied by Ordinance. It's a lengthy moniker, but it accurately describes the missions in which the laser should be used--turning an airfield that is littered with landmines into a usable airbase with as few casualties as possible.

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Flying tricycle passes manned test flight with flying colors

Flying tricycle passes manned test flight with flying colors

What looks like a cross between a drone, a tricycle, and a Star Wars speeder bike from Endor? This insane ride hails from Hungary; it's dubbed the Flike (flying tricopter) and designed by a team from Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. (which sounds like an evil genius conglomerate for charity). The Flike is an all-electric vehicle and uses a coaxial Y6 layout. This isn't a supersized remote control vehicle. Flike boasts a "full authority flight management computer" to control flight stability, lateral position, and altitude, making flying, "as easy as riding a bicycle."

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2016 F-150 gets available CNG or Propane powered 5.0L V8

2016 F-150 gets available CNG or Propane powered 5.0L V8

Ford has stirred up the truck industry with the all-new F-150 truck that replaces the steel body panels with lightweight aluminum to shed weight. Less weight means more performance and better fuel efficiency. Ford has announced this week that the 2016 F-150 will also be the only light-duty truck in the industry with an available CNG/propane powered V8 engine under the hood.

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