Even though Google's driverless car only hit public roads last week (and reportedly already had a close call), another tech giant is already angling to pose as a competitor. Uber, the often-sued not-a-taxi app, just acquired 100 engineers and unknown “assets” from Microsoft Bing, Google's mapping competitor, according to TechCrunch.
Set in the far-off year of 2015, the 1989 film Back To The Future: Part II features a complex meditation on fate and foreknowledge of events. More importantly, it also has freakin' hoverboards, the logical next step from earth-bound skateboards. Now, luxury carmaker Lexus created what appears to be a working prototype of said hoverboard.
The exception to the DIY 3D-printed model rule is the brand new version of the Ford GT supercar. For now, you can only buy the preprinted GT in full color (by which they mean blue and black) sandstone from TurboSquid. Mark Bentley, of Ford Global Brand Licensing, notes that the GT is one of the hardest models to print. “That car has a lot going on,” he said in a phone interview, but the file will likely become available in the future.
For a bit of background, video game juggernaut EA has held exclusive rights to use Porsches in racing sim games, like its Need for Speed games. EA apparently still holds these rights, but it has entered an agreement with the makers of the Forza franchise, Turn 10. You could drive virtual cars from Porsche tuner RUF in Forza 4 and 5, but not proper Porsches from the virtual factory.
“Everyone on the team signs an NDA with GM and other sponsors,” said Nathaniel Steinbock, controls lead on the University of Washington team. “They gave us the computer-aided design files for the car, so we had everything except the body panels. Not even we knew what the car would look like.”