Steve Carlisle Op Ed in The Globe and Mail

Posted on 26. Apr, 2016 by in GM Canada

Steve Carlisle Op Ed in The Globe and Mail






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We traded carriages for cars – let’s welcome a subsequent disruption.

Steve Carlisle boss and handling executive of General Motors Canada chairs a advanced-technology cabinet of a Canadian Automotive Partnership Council.

The automotive attention finds itself on a fork of tellurian change, a mutation as impactful and indiscriminate as when a automobile supplanted a equine and cart some-more than a century ago. The doubt is, what will it meant for Canada?

The change from horses to cars was indeed a 50-year duration of change and mutation finish with vast safety, environmental and mercantile challenges, not distinct today.

A century ago, horse-pulled carriages or incomparable “omnibuses,” as they were called, were a categorical source of city transport.

The initial automobiles were introduced in tiny numbers around a spin of a century and they cost about $850 each. A really good equine cart cost about $50, including some done by a McLaughlin Carriage Co., that eventually became General Motors Canada.

Congestion and accidents became a poignant problem on North American roads that were swarming with some-more than 20 million horses. In New York in 1900, about 200 people were killed by indeterminate horse-drawn vehicles – tighten to a 242 automobile fatalities in a same city in 2015.

But city leaders were focused on another problem. The standard equine annually consumed about 5 acres of pellet and pellet – good for a farming economy.

However, a same equine constructed a really vast volume of fertiliser and flies – bad for a civic setting. One prognosticator estimated that, unabated, equine droppings would arise to a turn of third-storey Manhattan windows by 1930.

Necessity being a mom of invention, automotive record progressed rapidly, and cars overtook horses on city roads in a 1920s, sparking a inhabitant mercantile boom, though also new hurdles for roads and infrastructure. We’re looking during similar, poignant hurdles and opportunities today, reduction a piles of droppings.

No mutation of good scale occurs though innovation, tough work and poignant change – or disrupting a normal – and a change we are going by now will be no exception. At General Motors, we see a destiny of a automobile and automobile tenure being distant opposite than it is today. Vehicles will be electric, connected, self-driving and shared. Our chair and arch executive officer, Mary Barra, has done it her priority to interrupt a business model, and to possess a patron attribute over a car.

Transformation is already on us, and it has flourishing implications for consumers, a environment, highway safety, infrastructure and a tellurian economy. And it’s function quick – with stretched swift tests of new self-driving cars that will dramatically revoke on-road accidents, a introduction of new longer-range battery electric vehicles, and new approaches to removing around swarming cities regulating a smartphones and new solutions.

As an automobile executive from Woodstock, Ont., it’s my business to welcome that change and assistance expostulate it brazen here in Canada. GM was recently awarded an sparkling new engineering charge to rise connected and unconstrained automobile record during a Oshawa Engineering Centre. We are employing program and controls engineers and focusing on how we can start to build out a new Canadian auto-technology “ecosystem” of universities, record suppliers and other internal partners to support a work on these tellurian programs.

Once again, we’ve reached a pivotal time of technological mutation in a tellurian automobile industry. But what will be Canada’s role? We have a clever vehicle-assembly bottom that we are operative tough to sustain, though we contingency also concentration on new innovation, engineering and record work. What is a highway map to many effectively navigate this automotive mutation in Ontario and opposite Canada?

My past year in a pursuit has assured me that a nation is good positioned, with a abounding story in telecommunications and secure mobile computing, joined with a clever record ability set, good universities and innovative startups. But we contingency take eloquent stairs to grow and commercialize Canada-based egghead property, and maintain new engineering and record companies. We need innovation-friendly approaches such as Ontario’s enabling legislation for unconstrained automobile testing. And we should encourage a abounding talent bottom and scale adult Canada’s possess automobile engineering and record ecosystem to daub into new and expanding tellurian automobile supply chains. That will emanate sparkling new jobs and it can assistance us to pull some of a 350,000 Canadians operative in Silicon Valley behind to Canada.

Canada’s new sovereign bill noted: “As a tellurian automotive attention is elaborating toward a prolongation of cleaner, some-more connected vehicles, Canada has an event to request a strengths in areas such as lightweighting and information and communications technologies to conceptualizing and building a cars of a future.”

We need to seize that event and renovate Canada’s automobile zone over a approaches of a past 100 years.

Now is a time to seize a reins. The advantages for Canada can be enormous.

Steve Carlisle – President and Managing Director, GM Canada

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