Translogic 185: Ford Autonomous Testing and Virtual Manufacturing

High Tech Solutions To Reduce Employee Wear And Tear

Translogic heads to the metro-Detroit area to see how Ford is using autonomous and VR tech to make vehicle testing and manufacturing safer.

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These Motor City Multicopters Provide A First-Person View Of The Racing Action

Translogic heads to the Motor City for some head-to-head racing, only these vehicles have four motors and fly through the air. Detroit Drone hosts first-person view, or FPV, races for multicopter enthusiasts throughout the area. Watch as Translogic host Jonathon Buckley pops on a headset and takes the controls of his own drone for a high-speed race around Detroit's Russell Industrial Center.


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We Hit The Trail With X Games Champ "Monster" Mike Schultz And His Moto Knee Performance Prosthetic

Translogic heads to St. Cloud, MN to hit the dirt bike trails with X Games champion "Monster" Mike Schultz. In 2008, Schultz had a snowmobiling accident that required the amputation of his left leg. Now, as president of BioDapt he's developed the Moto Knee, a prosthetic leg specifically designed for extreme sports performance.


We Compare Real Track Times After Some Virtual Seat Time

Translogic gets some seat time in the CXC Motion Pro II to test if the high fidelity racing simulator can impact our host's real-life track times.


We Ride The All-Electric Italian Superbike

Translogic's Jonathon Buckley takes to the hills of Mulholland atop the Energica Ego, an all-electric performance motorcycle out of Italy. And while our ride takes place in the US, Energica CEO Livia Cevolini joins the conversation from across the pond to give us details on one of the world's first production-ready electric superbikes.


We Drive Blood Shed Motors' Record-Setting EV 'Stang

Translogic heads to Austin, TX for a chance to drive the all-electric Zombie 222, a 1968 Ford Mustang converted by Mitch Medford and his team at Blood Shed Motors. The Zombie 222 has classic looks, but modern performance with over 800 horsepower and 1,800 ft-lbs of torque, making it the fastest electric car we've ever driven on Translogic.


Humanoid Robots Drive Cars And Use Power Tools As They Vy For Millions In Cash Prizes

In 2013 the DARPA Robotics Challenge was created to inspire universities and corporations to build robots to assist humans in disaster situations. The robots are asked to open doors, climb stairs, turn valves and even drive a cars and use power tools to saw through a wall! We head to Pomona, CA, for the 2015 DRC Finals and track two of the teams vying for millions in prize money.


We Ride The World's Fastest Production Bike, Electric Or Otherwise

Translogic host Jonathon Buckley tests Lighting Motorcycles' all-electric LS-218 superbike. With a top speed of 218 mph, the LS-218 is the fastest production bike in the world – electric or otherwise. Its 150-kW electric motor produces 200 horsepower and 168 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful superbikes on the market today.


We Check In With CEO Mark Fields At Ford's Silicon Valley Lab

Translogic heads to Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Silicon Valley for a peek behind the scenes at the latest tech being produced by the traditionally Michigan-based automaker.


Translogic heads to Lincoln, NE, to check out the Rocket Mobility Tomahawk, an all-terrain tracked wheelchair that can help people with disabilities get out to explore the trails. We chat with Rocket Mobility President Brice Crawford, then go for a ride with Tomahawk user Alex McKiernan.


Cross Between Mountain Bike And Motorcycle, Helpful For Zombie Apocalypse

Translogic heads to Kansas City, MO to take a spin on a Motoped motorized bicycle. But this isn't your typical Huffy. The Motoped comes in a badass Survival Edition, good for outrunning zombies following the apocalypse.


Translogic Heads To Georgia Tech For A Demo Of Ford's Remote Parking and Parking Spotter Programs

Translogic visits Georgia Tech for a glimpse at the future of parking. First, we demo Ford's remote parking program by driving a golf cart around campus from the comfort of an off-site lab; think of remote parking as a virtual valet. Then we see how Ford's "parking spotter" works, a crowd-sourced way of finding an open space.


This Unique Three-Wheeled EV Can Be Parked Vertically And Float On Water

Name a car that can drive into a body of water (or human body) without causing much harm? No, this isn't an automotive riddle. It's the vision of Doug Ballard and his Spira foam car.


Translogic Tests 'Insane Mode' In Tesla's All-Wheel-Drive Model S Update

If the original Model S proved that electric cars can be class-leading, the P85D hammers home that point with class-demolishing specs. We test out "Insane Mode" and discuss the over-the-air updates that will keep the improvements coming for the Model S in this episode of Translogic.


Translogic checks out EV West, one of the world leaders in electric vehicle conversions. Host Jonathon Buckley interviews co-founder Michael Bream and test drives a converted 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.


Attention Marty McFly, Your Hoverboard Has Finally Arrived

The Hendo Hoverboard uses magnets to repel about an inch above a conductive surface, and we got the chance to ride it and to glimpse the future of board sports.


It's Man Versus Machine As Host Jonathon Buckley Races Against Audi's Autonomous RS7

Translogic host Jonathon Buckley heads back to the Ascari Race Resort in Spain for an encounter with a track rival unlike any other. Watch as "Bucko" challenges "Bobby," Audi's autonomous Audi RS7 racecar to see who is quicker around the course. It's a classic tale of "man versus machine" in this episode of Translogic.


VW's Gesture Controls, Drones And Riding An Electric Skateboard

We head to CES 2015 to check out the latest gadgets and transport tech, including drones, Volkswagen's new gesture controls and an electric skateboard.


A Look Back At Our Favorite Translogic Moments Of The Past Year

From piloting the Porsche 918 Spyder to thrashing waves on a water-powered Hoverboard, these are our favorite Translogic moments of 2014. Stay tuned next year as host Jonathon Buckely continues covering the latest in transportation technology across the globe.


In the same month that Porsche announced that its 918 Spyder is sold out, Translogic is getting its first (and likely last) shot at the plug-in hybrid hypercar. Our drive starts off in a very civilized fashion as we tour the 918 Spyder's e-power and hybrid modes, but the fun really starts when the naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine roars to life in sport and race hybrid modes, augmenting the electric motors with an additional 608 horsepower for a total of 887.


We Monitor Brain, Heart And Respiratory Activity During Our Drive Of The 2015 Lexus RC F

A traditional vehicle review goes like this: Reviewer drives car, reviewer gathers thoughts, reviewer relays vehicle impressions to audience. But what if instead of explaining what it's like to drive a given car, the reviewer could simply show the audience their response to the vehicle? With advancements in wearable biometrics technology, it's now possible to replace car review adjectives with cold, hard data.

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