Harris County approves $5.8M for public safety LTE network; Ford patents autonomous car with reconfigurable seats

Wireless tech news from across the web:

> Commissioners for Harris County, Texas, have approved $5.8 million in local funds to expand the county's public safety LTE network. Urgent Communications article

> Security researchers have finally been allowed to present a paper showing how they cracked a popular electronic vehicle immobilizer used in many common car models. IEEE Spectrum article

> Google's Project Ara phone was delayed because it broke apart when dropped. The Verge article

> Ford has patented an autonomous car that can transform into a lounge while driving. Business Insider article

> Embue, a Boston-based start-up focused on empowering multifamily property managers to tackle energy and operational waste, is the summer winner of the Z-Wave Alliance's Z-Wave Labs program. Release

> Richard Branson leads a $28 million funding round into smart doorbell startup Ring. Venture Beat article

> Four experts on public safety, wireless broadband and state and local government have been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to serve three-year terms on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board. Release

> Moxa's new ioLogik 2500 cellular device combines remote I/O, Ethernet switch, Modbus gateway and data logger capabilities into one device for industrial Internet of Things applications. Release

> FreeWave Technologies announced its co-founder Steve Wulchin is leaving his role as president of the Internet of Things (IoT) company in order to get more involved in the startup community. Release

And finally… Stanford University researchers develop devices driven by wireless light that could become the future of implants. Article