Toyota Built a Secret Racetrack in Denton Texas For its Execs and VIPs

Hey Toyota, may I borrow your new racetrack?

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Hidden away in Denton County, Texas, is a private racetrack retreat for Toyota executives and VIPs.

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The site of the Toyota executive retreat in Denton County includes a racetrack and buildings between Hilltop Road and FM1830 on the outskirts of Argyle.

If you blink, you might miss the street sign for the tree-lined country road south of Denton. The two-lane Hilltop Road leads you past mostly modest houses, small farms and rural businesses along the border of the town of Argyle. While tucked away among the trees and stock ponds, construction is underway on one of the most hush-hush developments in North Texas.

International auto giant Toyota is turning a patch of farmland into a multimillion-dollar, ranch-style executive retreat for its top local executives and visiting VIPs.

The spread covering more than 75 acres — which extends all the way to FM1830 — includes a motor track, horse stables, guest houses and barns. >> Continue Reading <<

Uber Hires Veteran NASA Engineer to Develop Flying Cars

The man who inspired Google’s co-founder will join the ride-hailing startup’s nascent project.

n 2010, an advanced aircraft engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center named Mark Moore published a white paper outlining the feasibility of electric aircrafts that could take off and land like helicopters but were smaller and quieter. The vehicles would be capable of providing a speedy alternative to the dreary morning commute.

Moore’s research (PDF) into so-called VTOL—short for vertical takeoff and landing, or more colloquially, flying cars—inspired at least one billionaire technologist. After reading the white paper, Google co-founder Larry Page secretly started and financedtwo Silicon Valley startups, Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk, to develop the technology, Bloomberg Businessweek reported last summer. >> CONTINUE READING <<

Ford Cancels Plans for New $1.6 Billion Mexico Plant

Ford Motor Company will scrap plans to build a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, after coming under criticism by President-elect Donald Trump for shifting small-car production south of the border.

Mark Fields, Ford’s chief executive officer, announced the plan today at a press conference at the automaker’s factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, south of Detroit. The second largest U.S. automaker builds the Mustang sports car and Lincoln Continental sedan from its Flat Rock plant, which employs more than 3,700 workers. Ford idled the factory for a week in October due to declining Mustang sales, which fell 13 percent in the first 11 months of 2016. >> continue reading <<

Automotive neural net working well, we hope.

Elon Musk states his Tesla and  Nvidia powered Autopilot neural net is working well…

Do you remember seeing the Tesla car with its driver asleep at the wheel? What about the reports of some Tesla cars entering ‘driverless’ mode and wrecking? Well, according to Elon Musk, the famous owner of Tesla Motors, the newer driverless system is working well. Let’s see some testing with no accidents this time…