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Reviver Brings Digital License Plates to Cars with RPlate

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs we move to the next generation of automobile, you have to ask – what about the license plate? It hasn’t really changed over the years. When does it go digital? Well, now. Reviver is a company working to get the digital license plate to your car soon. Ready to distribute in California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas, the RPlate attaches on where your license plate sits. Working with state government, the RPlate will automatically update your car’s license with the DMV. No more cards in the mail or standing in line to get new stickers. rplate can do much more than just display your car’s license. With telematics and vehicle tracking, along with a display that can send advertising or messaging in a parked state, you can turn your license into more than just a number on the road. It will even broadcast...

NAIAS 2017 Expo Hall Walkthrough

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFrom time to time my friends at Ford Motor Company bring me out to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to check out their new vehicles and of course what else is debuting at the show. It’s a great time to look at new models, concept cars, and new technologies. I got to walk through the expo hall to see what the auto industry is coming out with. In this video you are going to see: – Ford F-150 – Chevy Camero – Smart FourTwo – Cadilac Escala – Alpha Romeo Stelvio – BMW X2 – VW ID Buzz – Lincoln Navigator – VLF Force 1 V10 – Audio R8 V10 – Lexus LC 500 – Aisin Personal Mobility Device – Dodge Challenger – Kia Stinger

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 Wrap Up

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS My friends at Ford Automotive brought me to Detroit to check out the Auto show and report on the announcements Ford and other car companies made. The day started pretty quick as we were part of the Ford press conference. We learned they were bringing the Bronco back, along with seeing the new F-150, and what they were doing with Chariot – a ride-sharing system they bought in 2016. I got to walk the expo floor, seeing new cars from many auto companies. VW announced the ID Buzz, which brought back the micro-bus as an electric car. Kia announced the Stinger – their new sports sedan which will be released at the end of 2017.

Toyota Concept I Autonomous Car with Yui is a Thing of Beauty

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToyota showed off a concept car at CES 2017 using the Yui artificial intelligence software. This auto will be tested in Japan in the next year as the innovations will be moved to other Toyota vehicles. The car, which looks like R2D2 and C3P0 had an offspring, is meant to learn to your needs and habits. Ultimately making this a better driving experience.

First Look with Seth Leitman on the BMW i8

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe BMW i8 is a remarkable sports car. The car is a plug-in hybrid that debuted in 2013 at the NAIAS in Detroit. I was there with Green Living Guy Seth Leithman looking over the car. We geeked out over the design and charge-ability. The prototype only had a fuel efficiency of less than 2.5 L/100 km. But it’s real feature was the aluminum frame with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Since then, the BMW i8 has gone through some great upgrades. The 2015 i8 holds a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery for 76 mpg and up to 330 miles total. Of course, you can get there pretty fast, as the i8 goes from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. The striking exterior is an added feature to it’s EfficientDynamic ventilation technology. The BMW i8 will reduce coefficient of drag to improve overall aerodynamics. At the end...


2015 Ford Edge First Drive

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFord has redesigned their Ford Edge CUV for 2015. They invited me to come down to Scottsdale, AZ and take this car through its paces. I got to ride in one last year before production to check out the new park assist features. I also got a first-hand look at the newest version of the in-car computer called Sync3. Now it’s time to get an idea of how the rest of the CUV operates. About the 2015 Ford Edge The Ford Edge Crossover is clean and sleek with a lot of great additions. The 2 liter Ecoboost engine had a lot of power to it with a six-speed transmission and paddle capabilities to get this guy running through the city pretty quick. For those who need more power, the V6 would be the better alternative as it really can punch on...


Ford Unveils F150 Raptor, Mustang Shelby GT350R, Ford GT

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at the North American International Auto Show, Ford unveiled a bunch of items. They officially introduced Sync 3.0 – the newest version of their in-car computer system. But it was more about the cars, and Ford didn’t disappoint. First off was the Ford F-150 Raptor. This all-terrain truck with 3.5L EcoBoost V8 delivers 411 horsepower and over 400 ft. of torque. The Raptor is a little wider than the F-150 for stability. The best part is this truck will be built right in the new Ford truck plant right in Dearborn, MI. Next up – the Mustang Shelby GT350R. This car was stripped down enough to be street legal with a lot of creature comforts removed – including air conditioning. New Fiesta ST and Focus ST models were also shown, but it was more about the newest car in the line...


Sustainability Blues: Drinking Water Issues Around the World – Further with Ford

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you live outside the US, you might be very aware of the drinking water issues. Inside the US – you might not know this but in the next 10-20 years you will be faced with a drinking water shortage. While at the Further with Ford conference in Dearborn, MI I learned about how the world deals with getting clean drinking water. The Sustainability Blues also opened my eyes in the fact this resource is getting taxed. There are 7 billion in the world with expectations of hitting 10 billion people in the next decade. We all need water to survive. This panel features Sheryl Connelly or Ford, Christoph Gorder of, George McGraw of, Rob Frederick of Brown Forman, and Todd Walton of Ford as they talk about the environment and the concerns of the water issue.


Female Frontier Pt 5: Panel Discussion – Further with Ford

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn the last part of Further with Ford: Female Frontier, Chantel Lenard, Jenna Wolfe, Jennifer Senior, and John Gerzema come up for a panel discussion on what they talked about earlier. With one billion more women coming into the workforce, and most of them with children, they talk about how the workforce needs to adapt. If you haven’t checked it out, watch the first four parts to this event. The information about women entering the workforce is eye-opening.  


Female Frontier pt 4: John Gerzema – Further with Ford

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPart 4 in this session called Female Frontier, we listen to John Gerzema – author of the book “Athena Doctrine”. He and Michael D’Antonio went to 13 countries and interviewed 64,000 people to find out new ways of leading. John talks about people like Silvia Lali, who runs the womens’ house in Lima, Peru. She was fighting domestic abuse of women. This is a story about corruption and what she did to fix the problem. John talks more about the feminine values that could be the operating system of the 21st. century. Transcript: It is fabulous. Thank you so much, I mean, you think about the accomplishments of these three amazing women, we’re gonna talk very briefly about what is happening societly at large, that it’s starting to favor what we believe is an emerging feminine age. Can I kind of...


Female Frontier pt 3: Jennifer Senior of New York Times – Further with Ford

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn part one, we heard Chantel Lenard talks stats of women in the workforce. Part 2 brought Jenna Wolfe talking real-life experiences. Jennifer Senior now takes the stage Senior talks more on point of view – what the woman sees and what the man sees in the workforce. For instance: when the woman comes back home, the clock starts as she has to get her work done before the end of the day. Then it starts all over the next day. Jennifer Senior talks about the studies between the men and women and how they take their roles. Transcript: Jenna Wolf: I am now going to turn it over to, I’m going to call you colleague, and a friend, I wanna…. My bestie, I just met her like, 8 hours ago, so we go way back. She’s a contributing editor in New...


Female Frontier pt 2: Jenna Wolfe of NBC – Further with Ford

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn part 2, we hear from Jenna Wolfe – a corespondent of NBC. She is a gay woman in the workforce. Her goal – just try to do the job she loves. Jenna talks about the first time she had to interview in the men’s lockeroom. An experience that she will never forget, but can really put a lesson learned twist to it. In any male sport, having a female invading could be intimidating. But Wolfe purveyed. She also talks about getting pregnant and having a baby with her spouse. The trials of pregnancy and staying in the workforce. Check out Part 1 with Chantel Lenard from Ford here. Transcript: I am going to start with a little story to give you an idea where I came from and how I get here. I graduated in collage in, uhh, let’s see,...


Female Frontier pt 1: Chantel Lenard of Ford

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn this multi-part video, we learn a little more about the plight of women in the workforce. We start with Chantel Lenard, the Director of US Marketing at Ford. She brings the facts and figures to the discussion. Did you know in 10 years, 1 billion women will enter the workforce? Did you also know that women make different decisions when they do enter and start looking for a job? Chantel brings us a lot of great data that any company can use to position themselves to women globally. In part 2, Jenna Wolfe of NBC will be talking about raising a child, and the first time she had to step into a male lockeroom to get the story. Transcript:  Female frontier, where women are reaching greater levels of prominence and influence in politics, business and as consumers, more so then...


2015 Ford Edge Debut – Rebuilt from the Ground Up

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTonight new Ford CEO Mark Fields announced the brand new 2015 Ford Edge to a group of bloggers and reporters in Dearborn, MI. The Ford Edge is a CUV – Crossover Utility Vehicle. The Edge can get the kids to soccer practice and still be able to move them to college when the time comes. Debuted in 2006, this 5 door vehicle comes with a turbocharged four-liter or V6 engine. Ford Edge Goes Global This vehicle will be sold in North America, China, and Europe. This is part of Ford’s global design plan for 2015. The Edge also was simultaneously debuted in England. What’s New in the 2015 Ford Edge To start, the Edge has a new sheetmetal design that looks similar to its 2014 counterpart. The Edge also has forward collision warning (with brake support), adaptive cruise control, and auto...


Ford Traffic Tamer App Challenge to Help Reduce Road Congestion

Over the years, I have talked with K. Venkatesh Prasad about Ford’s open source initiative. Today, I was invited to talk with the group over a Google Hangout on the Traffic Tamer app challenge. This is a contest for the open source community to help mash data up and open streets. The challenge is to build hardware and software that can help reduce congestion in urban areas. Whether it be an app that avoids a traffic incident, a reroute if there is a situation, community ride sharing or another new idea, you will be able to submit for a chance at $10,000. Anyone can register. Maybe you are not a coder — that is OK. Put an idea together and post your ideas. You can find others that might also are interested in the idea and could turn it to reality. Ford also works with TechShop to help build...


Chevy Turns the Car into a Full Wifi Hotspot, Adds App Shop

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at CES, I stopped by the Chevy booth where I found the Hotspot car. This is a Chevy vehicle using the OnStar system to turn your car into a full hotspot. Your car even has its own phone number! Chevy also showed off their app shop — an app enabled store where you can get automobile-centric apps like Pandora, Glympse and even (if you need to find a hotel). Chevy has 12 apps right now with more coming. Chevy also has an open API for developers to program with. Chevy will include these features in all 2015 vehicles. [cessponsor]


Ford Fusion Hybrid Driver Assist Car Project

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFord unveiled a new project to help make driving safer; a part of Ford’s Blueprint for Mobility project. The Ford Fusion Hybrid Driver Assist Car Project is not a driverless car but more of a pre-emptive option so everyone can stay safe. The Ford concept car is not going to be out on the road anytime soon and definitely will not have any weird-looking spinning cameras on the roof. When the technology is ready (10-20 years), the car will 3D model its surroundings so it can watch for any anomalies — a child running to get a ball, a deer coming out of the woods, or the car in front of the other that had to stop abruptly. The Ford driver assist will then spring into action by applying the brakes before you can. Ford partnered with the University of Michigan and...


2014 Ford Mustang First Drive

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile I was in Tucson, AZ I got to drive the 2014 Ford Mustang V6. I was joined by Todd Cochrane where we both got to drive the car and give our points of view. The Mustang V6 is a 3.5 liter, 2 door coupe. While this is the introductory model Mustang, there are still 305 horses under the hood. Put the pedal to the floor and you can see how you can pass the slow cars easily. The 2014 Mustang V6 has an all leather interior and seats four. It has a good distance of wheelbase (107″ x 81″) so it handles really well. I even tested the vented four-wheel disc brakes on the road and it stopped like a champ. This drive also was recorded via Google Glass. This is the full recording from Glass. Other features include HID headlamps,...


Habitat for Humanity with Ford F150

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got to drive some Ford F-150 trucks across Detroit and do it for a cause. Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs houses for those who need a place to live. Being in Detroit, there are a lot of run down areas. We got to visit a couple of them while we were there. Boarded up windows, broken concrete and grass that hasn’t been mowed for a while. I was joined by Judie of Gear Diary as we took our Ford F-150 Lariat across Detroit to the 100th home build. Once there, we unloaded the wood, found out a little more about Habitat for Humanity, visited the location the house will be built and finally came back to Ford. It was a fun experience as we drove across the city. Wood was provided by Home Depot. Thanks to Judie for making the...


Texting and Driving Leading Cause of Teen Automobile Deaths

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Two weeks done on the 10,000 step challenge. Today is going to hit the 80’s so I’m racing to get this episode done and enjoy the warmer weather. Thanks to all who have been watching! Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek Smack! episode 262 Tech News: Samsung Powers Up Getting ready for 5G speeds with a new tower HTC First Gone Facebook phone on AT&T was nixed Amazon Coin Kindle Fire users getting new ways to purchase apps and more. Google, Microsoft Drives Both increase their free services for more storage 75% Android 3 out of 4 smartphones run Android....


Ford Developer Program – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Ford Electric motor Business opened their app program to all developers at CES 2013 The startup platform is called Uplink it is a collection of innovation that works with Connect to Sync. This program has gone through two years of pre-release screening making use of such apps as Pandora however now it levels to all designers. It should level to North The united state, Europe and China by the end of the year. Ford has actually hired individuals from the mobile business function formerly done some development so they are all set for the quantity. They have actually have informed developers there are certain classifications they will certainly not allow consisting of games video clips everything with a lot of contents involved. Ford has developed a several lot of examination that the designer’s application should pass before it ares submitted....

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Ford Sync Developer Program – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAdding apps for Wall Street Journal, Aha Radio and even Amazon Cloud Player, Ford continues to move forward with their Sync in-car system. About a year and a half ago Ford partnered with our friends at Bug Labs to create a more customized experience. At CES they moved it forward with the Developer program. They encourage programmers to make apps that can help with the drive while keeping the hands on the wheel and the eyes on the road. ( [cessponsor] Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network. [cessponsor]


2013 C-MAX First Drive – Ford Hybrid Bests Toyota Prius

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s not a Mustang, but this 188 horsepower hybrid vehicle can handle the streets of L.A. Engulfed in Toyota Prius (cabs, cars), the Ford C-MAX is a mid-size car that does a better job as a hybrid. Over 500 patents are issued to the Ford C-MAX in energi, hybrid and other areas. The car will also be the most affordable at $25,995 – $1,300 less than the Toyota Prius and it still gets better gas milage: EPA certified at 47 mpg. Exterior of the Ford C-MAX The 104.3 inch wheelbase gives you a stable, yet comfortable car. Front suspension uses independant short-and long-arm (SLA) stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is an independent multilink twist blade with stabilizer bar. Ford C-MAX is a five-door vehicle with driver/passenger blind spot mirrors, rear spoiler, satin crhrome center grille, and 17 inch machine aluminum wheels....


Windows Phone 7 on Ford’s Microsoft SYNC – Go Further

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got the opportunity to talk with Chris Elliott – Senior marketing communications manager at Microsoft – about SYNC and Windows Phone 7. Of course, there are many models of Windows Phone, including the Nokia Lumina 900. Chris talks about how SYNC works with all phones – including that old flip phone you might still have. You could be on your phone before you get in your car. As soon as you turn on the car, it transfers the call to the car. You never have to pair it more than once. If your wife has a phone, you can pair a bunch of phones, you can have your favorite, but if they get in the car, they should be able to use it themselves. We also talk about the life cycle of the phone as opposed to the life cycle...


Visit to Henry Ford Museum

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast week I visited the Henry Ford Museum. I posted this up on Day in Tech History, (Read the post here). We look at some of the vehicles we drove in the 20th century, some of the generators used at the turn of the century, and tractors that changed the way we farmed. It was a fun trip, and I only got to see a small fraction of the entire museum.