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“ALEXA, ASK GMC TO START MY CAR”

“Alexa, ask GMC to start my car” now works in GM vehicles in Canada. More than 800,000 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners are the first in Canada to be able to use Amazon Alexa enabled devices to remotely “start,” “stop,” “unlock,” and “lock,” from the comfort of their home. The linkage uses Owner Centre and Amazon accounts to voice command myChevrolet, myBuick, myGMC and myCadillac Alexa skills. Most 2011 or newer year models in Canada are eligible. It’s free for customers who currently have remote key fob services through the myChevrolet, myBuick, myGMC and myCadillac mobile apps or by subscribing to Remote Access or Premium Access plans for $14.99/month or $149.90 annually.

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ONE SMALL SUPER CRUISE BUTTON, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

Last week I was invited to try out the Cadillac Super Cruise on a leisurely 400 km drive along the St. Lawrence River to the picturesque town of Kamouraska, North East of Quebec.

Super Cruise kept the Cadillac CT6 rock steady even as a semi passed me in gusty winds

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MICHELIN’S MOVIN’ON WORLD SUMMIT IS BEYOND TIRES

Michelin’s Movin’on 2018 World Summit on Sustainable Mobility in Montreal swept through town with autonomous cars, visions of Uber six passenger drones, Hyperloop 1000 kmph vacuum tube capsules, wind and solar powered freighter ships, exotic pedal powered bikes and much more.

Sharp-focused sustainability leaders and doers with the ultimate goal of decarbonizing earth shared their thoughts on where we are on sustainable mobility acknowledging that we are still taking baby steps and how much promise the future holds. Can we roll back time for mother Earth?

Michelin’s Jean-Dominique Senard moving from ambition to action

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“TOILET: FLUSH” AMONG CES 2018 BIG TRENDS TO SMART STUFF AT HOME

The big trend for 2018?

It’s challenging to pick new trends at the recent 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. After all, with 4,000 vendors showing big and small technology spread out over 2.7 million square feet between several spread-out huge halls, it’s impossible to see it all.

This year though, one repetitive new technology won hands-down. Voice assistant technology from Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home Assistant were everywhere and in the most interesting appliances.

Gourmia announced five smart kitchen appliances

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BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE NEW WAYS OF GETTING AROUND

Technology is changing everywhere, but the wheel will still be here…in a big way. That’s good news for France based tire maker Michelin who hosted the Movin’On international summit for sustainable mobility in Montreal. #MovinOnConf

Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO and Managing General Partner of the Michelin Group at Movin’On and a Michelin visionary concept of a tire that is airless, made with a 3D printer from recycled materials, does not need inflation, will last as long as the car and is recyclable. New tires can be 3D printed on demand to suit weather conditions.

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CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES FINALISTS IN AUTONOMOUS CAR COMPETITION

The University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo are finalists among eight North American universities who will compete in the upcoming three year-long autonomous vehicle design competition, AutoDrive Challenge.

The announcement by SAE World Congress Experience, SAE International and General Motors will see teams from both Universities start with a GM supplied a Chevrolet Bolt EV as well as software and parts from strategic partners and suppliers.

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Six course scrumptious From Farm to Ford Edmonton event delights taste buds

Dave Omar, Executive Chef for Zinc Restaurant at the Edmonton Art Gallery and Ford Motors biomaterials research engineer Mica DeBolt with six course From Farm to Ford event.
Dave Omar, Executive Chef for Zinc Restaurant at the Edmonton Art Gallery and Ford Motors biomaterials research engineer Mica DeBolt with six course From Farm to Ford event.

Ford Canada hosted a unique From Farm to Ford six course dinner at the Edmonton Art Gallery.

The automaker promoted its research on using sustainable materials in its vehicles.  The program, started in 2000, uses several bio-based materials in its vehicles, and is testing many more for future applications including algae, tomato peel and carbon dioxide.

We ate some of that with wine served under the Edmonton Centre skylight.

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High-Tech GMC Acadia includes Low-Tech life saving feature

The re-imagined Acadia 2017
The re-imagined Acadia 2017

I recently attended a media “driving adventure” for the “re-imagined” 2017 GM Canada Acadia crossover in Whistler. Although the new Acadia was launched earlier this year, GM Canada, creates media driving experiences to familiarize us with new cars, including a similar driving adventure on Vancouver Island last spring with the 2017 Chev Malibu.

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Ford’s future mobility is not just about cars

The next time you buy a Ford you may have a MoDe:Flex E-Bike option to take along in the trunk of your new car.

Welcome to Ford 2.0 where not everyone has to own a car. The car maker is cognisant about how its core product will fit in emerging lifestyles, especially in megacities – huge built-up urban areas where the  traditional car ownership model is changing.

At the recent Further with Ford 2015 event in San Francisco, Ford didn’t talk much about new car models. Instead, it was about mobility in growing congested environments, where public transportation, walking, biking and off course the occasional need for a car (hopefully a Ford) all come into play.

Elizabeth Baron uses Virtual Reality headgear to probe layers of a car that isn't there at the Ford Silicon Valley Research and Innovation Centre in Palo Alto
Elizabeth Baron uses Virtual Reality headgear to probe layers of a car that isn’t there at the Ford Silicon Valley Research and Innovation Centre in Palo Alto

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