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Rob Bostelaar

Ottawa Correspondent
Address: Automotive News Canada,
PO Box 243, Station A, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 6K7
Phone: (613) 828-1742
E-Mail: robert.bostelaar@gmail.com
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Recent authored articles

How 5G technology will open the digital door to self-driving vehicles

5G technology will allow autonomous and connected vehicles to "talk" to each other and devices outside the vehicle, all at high speed. A $400-million test project is being developed across Ontario and Quebec.

Toronto automaker turns Ford F 550s into armoured trucks for public sale

UPDATED: 06/04/18 11:34 am ET -- Correction

Inkas Armored Vehicle Manufacturing may not be Canada's biggest automaker, but it's easily the edgiest, building armoured trucks on Ford F-550 Super Duty chassis.

Ontario investing up to $30 million in AV research centres

Six organizations will each receive up to $5 million from Ontario's Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network, a five-year, $80-million effort to encourage connected and autonomous vehicle development.

U.K. AV maker opens Ottawa office seeking Canadian sales

British autonomous vehicle manufacturer Aurrigo is opening an Ottawa office as it seeks sales of its self-driving, low-speed transporters in the Canadian market.

Cox Automotive, Otolane team up to expand online offerings for dealers

Auto remarketing giant Cox Automotive is linking with Quebec-based Otolane to allow customers to list wholesale vehicles with both Cox's Manheim.ca vehicle remarketing service and Otolane's internet auctions.

Automakers must buy back some recalled vehicles under new Canadian law

The Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act now requires automakers to buy back cars subject to protracted recalls at the original invoice price.

Carproof rebranding as Carfax Canada

Vehicle history provider Carproof is changing its name to Carfax Canada to more closely align with its corporate sibling in the United States.

AutoCanada forecasts further growth after jump in 2017 earnings

Edmonton-based AutoCanada Inc. reported fourth-quarter revenue of $733.1 million, up 16.5 per cent from a year earlier. The company is expanding its footprint into Eastern Canada.

Artificial intelligence could open window to buyer intentions

Artificial intelligence isn't just for autonomous vehicles. AI can be used to predict patterns and preferences when it comes to buying and selling new cars, making transactions more efficient.

For dealers looking to sell their business, the time is now

For Canadian car dealers, there may never be a better time to sell. Franchise values are high and buyers with deep pockets are plentiful, says the head of U.S.-based Kerrigan Advisors.

Senators urge Liberals to act on privacy, security issues with AVs

UPDATED: 01/29/2017 2:11 pm ET -- Adds details

A Senate committee is urging the federal Liberals to take control of the development and testing of self-driving cars on Canadian roads before governments fall too far behind the technological revolution.

Canadian universities providing vital auto research

From flax to tires that "listen," here's a look at eight Canadian university-industry research projects that are moving the auto sector forward.

Technology, academic r&d is the future of Canada's auto industry

Beyond Canada's auto factories and its suppliers pulses a third automotive stratum, one that extends well beyond the borders of Ontario. Schools and automakers are getting technical across the country.

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