Wished for a brilliant streaming service in your BMW car? Well, it’s now a breeze with the coming together of Amazon and BMW. The all new Amazon Cloud Player update for iOS will enable the streaming music service to be synced on several BMW and Mini cars. All models from 2011 onwards will be blessed with the update. Cars from this era with BMW Ap9s or Mini Connect support will soon be able to access the elaborate libraries from Amazon Cloud Player. And when we say elaborate playlists, we mean it. All of this, available on the fly could surely be a welcome change for audiophiles, especially those who have not already sought a streaming solution for their BMW and Mini cars
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By looking at it, it might appear as an insanely fast street cruiser powered by a fire breathing huge capacity multi-cylinder engine. The insanely fast street cruiser bit is correct, but to everyone’s surprise, it is powered by an electric motor. Marking Voxan’s re-emergence as a motorcycle brand, Wattman is the first bike from the French company after Venturi picked up the brand in 2009. The all electric motorcycle was revealed at the ongoing Paris Motorcycle Show (le Salon de la Moto) as a part of Venturi’s new eco-friendly corporate plan. The Voxan Wattman might closely resemble the Ducati Diavel, but it’s much more powerful and faster than the latter. With aluminum cladding and sharp lines across the body, the electric bike has a futuristic appeal to it.
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It’s all going electric now. London-based company Agility Global have put together what will be the first all-electric sports bike. Called the Saiette R, the bike can scale from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds. All this, without the prospect of wasting copious amounts of fuel is a sure win. It will be lightweight and eco-friendly and oh boy, is it a beast of a good-looker or what. It’s clean and green as well, which makes it an obvious pick for racers who were looking for an intersection between performance and efficiency. The word Saietta literally means “thunderbolt” in Apennine Italian. A single charge can send the bike cruising for a distance of 112 miles! That’s a greater distance covered than most cities in the world.
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The next most astonishing and revolutionary helicopter is here. It goes by the name of E-Volo VC200 Electric Helicopter or more lovingly, ‘Volocopter’. This pretty cool 2-seater helicopter can touch heights of up to 6500 feet meters and cover distances of up to 100 km. It offers 18 rotor blades and can be disassembled when needed. What’s really impressive is that the it comes with an automated control system that doesn’t require the pilot to worry about flight conditions. The on-board computers and in-tech sensors help control the Volocopter with ease. The main control resides on an intelligent mesh network where all the controls reside. Even case of emergencies and failures the aircraft can land safely. The construction of the Volocoptor brings together six rotor arms with three drives, which are supplied from different energy sources. 20 independent computers power each of these.
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Bitcoin is fast becoming a popular form of currency the world over. With online shopping in the US in time for the holidays Bitcoinshop.us has already created an acceptance of the system. Canada already has its first Bitcoin ATM for people to start new accounts and exchange currency for Bitcoins. German has already deemed it as legal private money and even the Australians are allowing citizens to purchase vehicles with the currency. So naturally when Sir Richard Branson’s thinks that his Virgin Galactic tickets could be bought with Bitcoin currency, it’s not as surprising as it should have been. The suave Virgin Galactic owner recently announced that those seeking their way for a trip to the stars can now pay for their trio using Bitcoin.
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When you talk about French cyclist Francois Gissy, you well mention that he isn’t your average pedaling sportsman. In May 2013 he raised eyebrows with the hydrogen peroxide rocket-powered world speed record of 163 mph. (For the incredibly curious, the fuel mixture is made from a concentrated liquid hydrogen peroxide and silver that decomposes into heat, steam and oxygen that combusts, providing a thrust as the steam is forced through the rocket nozzle.) Now, he has taken this further, propelling himself to a speed of 177.13 mph in just 6.7 seconds. He managed the feet on an airfield in Interlaken, Switzerland. I wonder how quickly he would run out of the 790-meter track there. The track, being rough, caused vibrations and shocks during the ride in addition to some opposing winds that made balancing difficult. Yet, the valiantly determined record breaker went on to better himself all over again.
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Remember the Honda FCX Clarity? The hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle created ripples in the motoring world when it was first introduced back in 2008. But it suffered from its own share of issues and thanks to massive the improvements in electric vehicle technology over the past years, hydrogen fuel-cell technology which was once considered a game changer has been pushed to the backburner. But two of the Japan’s biggest automakers, Honda and Toyota, want us to believe the technology is anything but dead. At this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show, Honda Motor Co Ltd has unveiled a successor to the FCX Clarity named the ‘FCEV (fuel cell-electric vehicle) Concept’. The design might loosely resemble the Volkswagen XL1 but underneath the shell, the technology is entirely different, and quite impressive we must say!
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Ford has unveiled a prototype version of the Focus Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) which intends to be ‘Green’ inside out. The automaker has teamed up with Coca Cola to bring soda giant’s PlantBottle technology, which was introduced in 2009 as the first-ever recyclable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottle and uses up to 30 percent plant-based materials for beverage packaging, to the interior of the research vehicle. The seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints, door panel inserts and headliners all have been made using the PlantBottle technology. Ford is the first company to use this technology beyond packaging to create fiber that can be woven into durable, automotive grade PET fabric from PlantBottle material.
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It might look strikingly similar to Renault Twizy, but it’s the new micro-sized EV named ‘MC-Beta’ unveiled today by Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Announced as a concept back in 2010, a drivable prototype version of the MC last shown off last year. The cute little short-distance commuter measures 2495 × 1280 × 1545mm (L × W × H) and is powered by an electric motor that produces 11kW of peak power. Despite the small size and light weight construction, the MC-Beta isn’t very fast; Honda claims that it has a top speed of 70Km/h and has a range of 80km. The seating arrangement is also very similar to the Twizy with tandem seats and a central driving position.
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The Boeing 777 series of aircraft are absolutely novel in the roles they fulfill, both, inside the chassis and outside. The company announced three new aircraft, namely the 777X, 777-8X and the 777-9X; the 777X being the show-stopper at the 2013 Dubai Airshow. It features folding wing-tips to increase wingspan and fuel efficiency while making itself more accessible to majority airports. The company stated that the 777X will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world! “The airplane will build on the market-leading 777 and will provide superior operating economics,” proclaimed Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “The airplane will be 12 percent more fuel efficient than any competing airplane.” The complete wingspan of the 777X is 233 feet (71 meters).
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