What Does the Dawn of Autonomous Vehicles Mean for the Insurance Industry?

Written by on 5/24/2017 10:54 AM . It has 0 Comments.

Written by Tim Wontorra 

On today’s roads, the vast majority of accidents can be attributed to driver error. However, in the years to come,  many if not all of the cars on the road will be autonomous vehicles. While this has benefits for Canada’s road system such as a reduction in traffic congestion and a decrease in injuries and fatalities resulting from collisions, it leaves questions as to how these autonomous vehicles can be insured.


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THE ADD L+FE - A Smart Garden - Written by Cody Mudge

Spring this year wasn’t very…well, spring-like but it is starting to feel like the summer sun is just around the corner. This means a return to the garden, and whether you’re growing beautiful flowers to compliment your yard or want to harvest fruits, veggies and spices later in the season to save some money and be eco-friendly, there is emerging tech that can help you yield a successful crop!


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Written by on 5/5/2017 10:58 AM . It has 0 Comments.

Why DIY? - Written by Cody Mudge

What are the chances that most of you reading this blog aren’t a tech wizard? Forgive me for assuming but there’s no shame in not knowing what “memory” means when discussing computer specs. After all, what would guys like me do if we didn’t have people to help out? With that in mind, I’d like to make a suggestion that many of you may not have considered before, or perhaps one that you’ve thought about, but felt a certain sense of apprehension over. That suggestion is a simple one: do it yourself. 

 


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THE ADD L+FE - TV's in 2017 - The latest and greatest - Written by Cody Mudge

When I worked in tech TV’s were my bread and butter. Home audio is probably the only thing that fascinates me more, but TV’s have a kind of technology sex appeal. They’re kind of like cars, new models release every year, they’re flashy and exciting no matter how much you know about them, new features make sets from a couple years before effectively irrelevant and innovation is driven by rabid market competition. So where home audio is stable, the tech behind it really hasn’t fundamentally changed in decades, but televisions are ripe for increasingly systematic change every single year. We’re halfway through April, which means we’re in a good space to discuss what’s new in TV’s this year as new models will be hitting Big Box stores, and Amazon, very soon and “old” 2016 models will be clearance priced to make room for the latest and greatest from Sony, Samsung and LG.


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Smart Locks - Written by Cody Mudge

Invariably there are two questions that people ask upon learning the basics of what a smart lock is: will it make my house safer, which is rapidly followed by, why do I want one? In my experience these questions usually come in this order. But in order to explain why, let’s back-up a step and determine what is meant by the term “smart lock.”

 


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Written by on 3/16/2017 6:42 AM . It has 1 Comments.

Counting Sheep - Written by Cody Mudge

We’ve discussed a lot of interesting topics and pieces of tech in the last few months, but this week we’re going to talk about maybe the most surprising piece of smart tech hitting the market. And maybe it shouldn’t be surprising, since so much of our life revolves around it, but not only do many of us take it for granted, few of us would consider how adding smart capabilities to something like this could be beneficial. Thankfully, folks like those at ReST have set out to improve the way we sleep and think about a bed. 

 


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Nintendo's Switch - Written by Cody Mudge

Horrible pun incoming…this week I wanted to switch up what we’ve been talking about. We’ve delved into a lot of burgeoning smart technologies of late and I thought that now was a good a time as any to take a break from that. Which is great timing because it coincides with the release of Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch. So, we’ll briefly outline what the Switch is and then muse about the future the device can expect, some of the benefits to consumers and the hurdles it will have to overcome.

 


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Written by on 2/21/2017 6:30 AM . It has 0 Comments.

When it rains, it pours

Written by Cody Mudge

Okay, here’s one that you probably haven’t heard before. Smart showers. I swear I’m not making this up. Crazy though right? Well, not really. The more that you think about it, the more it makes perfect sense that these products would emerge onto the market. Honestly, it will be surprising if smart functionality doesn’t become more integrated with household items like showers in the very near future.

 

 


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Written by on 1/31/2017 6:43 AM . It has 0 Comments.

Light 'em up - written by Cody Mudge 

  Over the last months we’ve discussed some heady technology and mused about what the future has to offer from them with topics like virtual reality and smart hubs. This time, we’re going to change things up a bit and keep this discussion a bit more grounded, and talk about something that’s currently on store shelves. Smart lights, and the now emerging market of “smart décor,” offer an interesting proposition that really ought to be compelling to everyone. Assuming you have lights in your house…safe assumption right? 

 


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What's the deal with smart hubs anyway? -Written by Cody Mudge

               The subtitle for this edition of The Add L+fe might have raised another question for some of you. Just what is a smart hub in the first place? And that’s a good question, and it warrants answering but we’re going to get to that in a minute. I thought that this would be a decent time to tackle this subject as some of the things we’ve discussed in the previous weeks relate back to smart hubs in some way. So while we’ll talk about products that will integrate with smart hubs in the future, and we may even double back to this topic as well, I think now is as good a time as any to dip our toes in the water. Before we get to a ground-level explanation of what they are, permit me a demonstration of what is possible with a smart hub.

 


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