Ford might not think it can make a profit off of a Fiesta, but it does seem to like the idea of a motorcycle that pops out of a car’s face. Now, this isn’t something I’d run around the block screaming my head off about, but it is very cool and intriguing: Ford filed a patent at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a “Vehicle With An Integrated Electric Motorcycle.” That is both the title of the patent and what is being patented it. Think of it like an electric Honda Motocompo from Ford. The electric motorcycle is stored between the two front passenger seats, according to the patent application. And “at least a portion of a center console” is part of the motorcycle once is separates from the car. The application’s background states that the restrictions of driving and parking a car in cities, along with future regulations that could ban internal combustion engines in urban spaces, all make the car with an integrated electric … [Read more...] about Ford Filed A Patent For A Motorcycle That Comes Out Of A Car
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I feel like we’ve been waiting for the new 2017 Ford Raptor forever. I mean, it’s hard to not get stoked about a daily-drivable high-speed off-road truck. This week we finally got to let it loose in exactly the kind of extreme sandscape you see in the commercials, and once again, it’s almost too good—but at a price some may not be willing to pay, and I don’t mean the MSRP. (Full Disclosure: Ford needed me to drive the new Raptor so badly they put me on a train to San Diego, gave me a $62,000 truck to drive out into the desert, put me up in a nice hotel and then sent me out into the sand with the vehicle, a helmet and a full tank of gas.) We basically simulated exactly the kind of weekend an ambitious Raptor owner might have—drive from the city to the sand Saturday morning, play off-road all day and head home again as the sun goes down on Sunday. Wait! Before you race down to the comment section to say “you spelled ‘squeeze into the mall … [Read more...] about Taking The 2017 Ford Raptor Off-Road Is Like Driving With Cheat Codes
Honda spent the better part of the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s honing the simple. In fact, in the US, it was literally the company's advertising slogan: "Honda. We make it simple." However, it also ventured into the exhaustingly complex, as well, but that was fairly hidden from the mainstream. Remember its Formula 1 engines that shattered records? And don't forget how the company's roots in motorcycle engine development blew up engineering precepts. Honda combined oval pistons, V5 engines, and crankshafts that clustered the power pulses in a brief duration over the 720 degrees in a four-stroke cycle; in so doing, it created a kind of intrinsic traction control. To the racing nerds of the world, it was all fascinating, complex, and reliable to boot. Engineering precepts be damned. But their road cars of the time? Mostly still simple. At least on the surface. Which brings us to Honda's latest differing powertrain, the one buried in the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. (There's also a battery … [Read more...] about 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: Put simply, it’s complicated
On Saturday, the Hackaday Community from across Ireland and other parts of Europe poured into the performance hall at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre for a massive collection of talks. From rediscovering century’s old technology, to cutting edge research projects, we heard talks from dozens of attendees on the technology that is interesting them most right now. Choosing what to share about last weekend’s Uncon has been a particularly taxing process. So many and varied were the projects presented, and such was their high standard, that a writer faces a significant challenge to fit them into a single report. But we’ll give it a try. Read on for highlights of what was a weekend we will remember forever. From Wearables to Lab-Grown Eyeballs Dublin by early April has lost some of winter’s chill, but the sun hadn’t regained control enough for the populace to have shed their coats and boots. It was in a slightly damp Temple Bar then that the Hackaday … [Read more...] about Dublin Unconference Roundup: The Topics That are Hot Right Now
Building a robot that can do anything well is a tough challenge. Building one that can stand up to another robot trying to violently put it out of commission is an even harder task. But it makes for some entertaining television! It is this combination that thrust a few creative robot building teams into the world of Robot Wars. A few weeks ago I learned that a friend from that period in my life had died following an illness. I hadn’t seen [Mik] for a few years as our lives had drifted apart, but if we were to turn back the clock nearly a couple of decades you would find us and about twenty other fellow members of the Ixion British motorcyclist’s mailing list hard at work building a Robot Wars robot. The hard work and determination make this a great story. But even more so it’s fun to look back on the state of the art of the time and see some clever workarounds in a time when robot building was just starting to be approachable by the average engineer. The Cutting Edge … [Read more...] about Ever Wonder How The Bots On Robot Wars Were Built?