EV/AV Report: December 6, 2021

Toronto, Ontario – In this week’s electric and autonomous vehicle report, Rivian customers can finally expect vehicle deliveries beginning in the spring, Hydro One is making moves to support bidirectional charging development and ONRoute has unveiled their rollout of charging stations at Ontario rest stops. Rivian rollout It appears the mythical Rivian pickup is due […]

Snowy Statistics: Winter tire use reduces collision claim frequency by 6.3%, says MPI

Winnipeg, Manitoba ⁠— Based on analysis of claims received by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) between November and March, the public insurer has found that winter tire use reduces collision claim frequency by 6.3 percent. The analysis was based on collision claims over the insurance years 2011/2012 through 2017/2018. Frequency was measured by comparing claim frequency […]

HUD Buds: Volvo invests $2 million into AR developer Spectralics

Toronto, Ontario — Volvo Cars is looking to pack in the tech wherever they can, as the automaker has invested $2 million in augmented-reality startup Spectralics to help develop heads-up-display (HUD) technology for their vehicles.  Spectralics is currently in the process of developing an innovative optics film that is able to connect nearly any transparent […]

Polly Want a Discount? Illinois bodyshop features in-house parrot to greet customers 

Springfield, Illinois ⁠— Some automotive businesses have fish tanks in their front offices; others have loyal Fido-like friends that greet customers when they walk up. Then there’s Bill Mathews Autobody in Springfield, Illinois, with its trusty macaw mascot, Seaweed. Seaweed⁠, a well-known parrot to Springfield locals, first got her start greeting customers at a car […]

Welcomes of the Week: ProColor Collision Wheaton Red Deer

Calgary, Alberta ⁠—  The community of Red Deer is now home to ProColor Collision Wheaton Red Deer, Fix Network announced December 1.  The new ProColor Collision facility is the latest venture of the Wheaton family, which has been associated with the province’s automotive industry for the past 60 years and operated a General Motors dealership […]