OnStar 1Billion Interactions 01Click image to enlargeConnected vehicle technology company Fleet Complete and General Motors are partnering to bring IoT-enabled services to OnStar-equipped fleet vehicles in Canada.

The decision comes after an initial launch in the U.S. last year, and is aimed at businesses and commercial fleets with Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles from the 2015 model year or newer.

"We are a Canadian-based company, and we know the pain points of our fleet-owning customers in Canada first and foremost. This is why, together with GM, we believe it necessary to simplify consumer access to connected vehicle technologies and big data analytics in order to help more Canadian businesses and fleets thrive," said Tony Lourakis, CEO of Fleet Complete.

Dave Watson, GM Canada’s director of fleet and commercial sales says fleets of all sizes can improve safety and reduce operating costs using these data-driven business solutions.

"OnStar and our built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot opens the door for people to put very sophisticated software and analytical tools to work quickly and efficiently, as our solution eliminates the need for additional hardware," Watson said.

Fleet Complete's IoT platform, combined with GM's OnStar connectivity, is meant to help fleets of any size reduce expenses and downtime, improve driver and vehicle safety, and promote operational efficiency.

The technology uses existing OnStar hardware already installed in GM Fleet vehicles, which makes activating the software easier, and the companies said in a press release that there will be no long-term contract requirement

For more information, please visit the Fleet Complete website.

Canada, Ontario support auto investment

The Federal and Ontario governments have created a sub-committee under the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) to promote investments in automotive manufacturing in Ontario.

INKAS introduces armoured 2019 Escalade platform

INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing has introduced its Armored Cadillac Escalade “Chairman Package” for 2019.

MSC Industrial to service customers in Canada

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Melville, NY, is entering the Canadian market with its acquisition of Barnes Distribution North America.

Supply chain problems hammering small biz: CFIB

Supply chain delays and interruptions are increasingly impacting small business operations and will result in higher prices, according to a report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Program recognizes welding know-how

The Office of Public Safety (OPS), a division of the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Welding Specialist Mark (WSM), launched in March 2014, has been steadily growing and to date has acquired 190 members.

CWB extends welding certificates amid lockdown

Good news: if your welding certification is set to expire during the COVID-19 lockdown, there’s a good chance you will be granted an extension, and so will your consumables.

CMTS keynote: Why Canada is a great place to grow a manufacturing business

Canadian manufacturers can compete and win on a global scale if they devote themselves to innovation in their products and processes, and efficiency in their operations. That’s the message from the keynote speaker at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) Linda Hasenfratz, CEO Linamar Corp.

$500,000 donation for high school welding programs

The CWA Foundation and the Marinucci Family Foundation plan to donate $500,000 to high school welding programs in Canada. Each secondary school will receive $5,000 annually over ten years. CWA made the annoucnement at the CanWeld Conference in St. John's, NL. At the same time, the CWA Foundation plans to establish a welding program at a secondary school in Newfoundland.

CenterLine named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

CenterLine Limited of Windsor, ON has maintained its status as a Gold Standard Requalified winner and has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies award.

Panasonic commercializes PBT for laser welding


Panasonic Corp. based in Osaka, Japan, plans to start mass producing polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) moulding compounds for laser welding.

Mazak Canada automation event draws hundreds

More than 300 manufacturers and close to 200 high school students attended a Mazak Canada automation event in November at the company’s Cambridge, ON, facility.

Honda has built its nine millionth vehicle in Canada

Honda Canada Inc. (HCI) last week celebrated two significant milestones at its Alliston, Ont. manufacturing complex.

TRUMPF Laser Tech Center celebrates 20th year

TRUMPF Laser Technology Center celebrated its 20th anniversary during its annual open house in Plymouth Township, MI, on June 7.

McMaster opens $11 M engineering hands-on learning centre

McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering has opened a 28,000 sq ft student centre for hands-on learning.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn