Amazon is establishing an Alexa beachhead in the connected car world, challenging Apple and Google, both of which offer phone apps for remote services and communicating commands to your car, such as lock and unlock, start the engine and turn on the climate control. Related: Toyota Adds Amazon Alexa, Android Auto Adds Google Assistant Those other tech giants had a head start, but Amazon is rapidly catching up with available Alexa connected car "skills" (Alexa-speak for apps) from the automakers that let you tell the car what to do via Amazon's Echo and other Alexa voice-controlled devices. Apple and Google also have infiltrated the dashboard screen in the car with smartphone-based Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Amazon also has a toe in the water there with, for example, the new Ford+Alexa and Lincoln+Alexa systems. They combine an app on your phone with Ford's Sync AppLink to provide access to Alexa voice capabilities and skills in the … [Read more...] about Hey, Alexa! What Cars Can I Talk to With My Amazon Echo?
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The Hogan administration is asking the General Assembly for more power to attract companies to Maryland — and to keep those that are here from leaving.The push follows the revival of the state's largely dormant "Sunny Day" program to negotiate record-breaking packages for Northrop Grumman and Marriott. It comes as the administration steers more funding to its reorganized economic development arm, the rebranded Commerce Department.State spending on business incentives — through loans, grants and tax credits — is growing again.Some of that increase is a natural result of an improving economy, as property values rise and businesses invest — and then take advantage of tax credit programs. The state waived more than $106 million in sales tax in fiscal 2016, for example, linked solely to purchases of machinery used for production.Changes proposed by the administration would accelerate those trends, and give the administration more leeway to determine worthy … [Read more...] about Maryland looks to boost business incentives
Competes with: Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan Rogue Looks like: Honey, I shrunk the 4Runner Drivetrains: 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder, optional hybrid variant; eight-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Late 2018 (gas), early 2019 (hybrid) Toyota has some big news from the 2018 New York International Auto Show: the arrival of the all-new 2019 RAV4 SUV, one of America's most popular vehicles (next to pickup trucks) — and one that was more than ready for a redesign. The new model switches to a new platform: the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, which enabled the automaker to change a few key dimensions. But the most obvious surprise will be how it looks — almost exactly like the FT-AC concept that Toyota showed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Related: More 2018 New York Auto Show Coverage It's been toned down a little bit, but not much — and who suspected … [Read more...] about Toyota Trucks Up the 2019 RAV4
The 306 horsepower Honda Civic Type R was one of the most eagerly anticipated new cars in years. It’s billed as the ultimate front-wheel-drive track weapon, but is it really? This team is building a Type R into a race car to find out. Team HMA—for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama—is the newer, wackier sister-team to the Ohio-based Honda of America Racing Team (or HART, for short). While HART may be tackling some of America’s most legendary endurance races this year in an Acura NSX GT3, Team HMA’s projects are more accessible to the average hoon. HMA built a race car out of a Honda Odyssey minivan, raced a Honda Accord coupe in Pirelli World Challenge, and ran One Lap of America in an Acura MDX crossover. Other past racing projects include an Accord sedan and a Honda Pilot. It’s the kind of nutty stuff we love to see: cars made for something else completely showing up on a race track anyway. Now, they’ve shifted their attention to something a … [Read more...] about This Volunteer Honda Team Is Making The Killer Civic Type R You Could Build Yourself
11/21/2017 9:59 est Filed to: Gift Ideas By: Pepper Girl Comment As amazing as it seems to us, it's holiday shopping time again. In just a few short days the malls will be filled with overfed Thanksgiving revelers and those looking for the best possible deals. While we'll do our best to avoid the crowds, we can't help but give thought to what some of the more interesting Porsche related gift ideas are. You see, every year we receive email after email asking for our ideas. Sometimes the request comes from a loved one of a Porsche enthusiast and sometimes it's from the enthusiast themselves who needs to give a list to their family. It doesn't matter which category you fall into, we have you covered. On a personal note we want to thank all of you for reading and continuing to support FLATSIXES.com. This time of year, there are two very simple ways you can show your support for our site: 1. Visit our sponsors and do business with them! 2. Use the links in this paragraph, in the … [Read more...] about 10 Gift Ideas for the Porsche Lover