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Toyota-backed flying car to carry 2020 Olympics torch bearer

Toyota-backed flying car to carry 2020 Olympics torch bearer

Even while most car makers are still settling down on the self-driving car trend, Japanese automaker Toyota is already settings its eyes on the skies. And waters as well. Yes, Toyota is getting into the flying car craze that is slowly coming out of the woodwork. And although it’s very late to the game, it has set for itself a rather ambitious goal: carrying the torch for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Given its first outdoor test flight, it’s going to need all the help it can get.

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Kitty Hawk’s flying car flies, floats, but doesn’t roll

Kitty Hawk’s flying car flies, floats, but doesn’t roll

Silicon Valley is often credited for defining and redefining many things, and it seems it is set to redefine what a "car" is. One that can fly in air, float on water, but not drive on land. That might be the impression you'll get from seeing this flying car prototype from Kitty Hawk, until you realize what it really is: a successful test of a personal flying vehicle designed to be accessible and available before the year ends.

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PAL-V now selling world’s first commercial flying cars

PAL-V now selling world’s first commercial flying cars

Move over self-driving cars. Another car of the future has arrived, or is at least promised to. PAL-V, a Dutch company who has been playing with flying cars for years, is proudly announcing the start of pre-orders for what it bills to be the world's first commercially available flying car. And while it may indeed be able to deliver on that promise in terms of technical capability, the fine print is going to prevent anyone except affluent true believers from experiencing that piece of the future today.

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Torq EV buggy is designed specifically for ordnance disposal

Torq EV buggy is designed specifically for ordnance disposal

A company called Torq Defense Systems has unveiled a new electric all-terrain vehicle that is designed specifically for ordnance disposal personnel. The vehicle is called the EOD Light Tactical Electric Vehicle and can be used by both law enforcement and government agencies. The Torq LTEV is designed so that the driver can operate the vehicle while wearing a full ordinance disposal suit. The vehicle is designed to operate in high-density urban environments.

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Airlander 10 helium-filled airship makes first flight

Airlander 10 helium-filled airship makes first flight

The Airlander 10 is a massive flying airship said to be the world's largest aircraft. The giant airship took to the skies for the first time this week with a short flight over an airfield in the UK. Airlander 10 is massive at 302-feet long and its maiden flight happened at Cardington airfield about 45 miles north of London.

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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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Hypersonic Skreemr Jet Concept Could Travel NYC to London in an hour

Hypersonic Skreemr Jet Concept Could Travel NYC to London in an hour

Right now, the fastest way to travel by air is inside a normal commercial jet. In the past people in a big hurry could jump on the Concorde and travel between the US and other nations at supersonic speeds, but that aircraft was retired. A new concept jet called the Skreemr promises to be fast enough that it would make the trip from New York to London in under an hour.

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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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Terrafugia shows off Outer Mold Line for TF-X hybrid electric aircraft

Terrafugia shows off Outer Mold Line for TF-X hybrid electric aircraft

Terrafugia first showed off its TF-X hybrid electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft back in 2013. The aircraft is designed to be able to cruise on the streets as a plug-in hybrid vehicle, and then take off, and land vertically when the driver wants to take to the skies. Terrafugia has announced that it is showing off the new Outer Mold Line (OML) for the TF-X.

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