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Sponsored Post: Siemens’ SIRIUS ACT is Push Buttons with Style and Substance




Yes, the tech word is littered with big names like Apple, Google, Toyota, and General Motors, but there are many other powerhouses that most of us in North America have little to no familiarity with. One such company is Germany’s Siemens, and they have just released a new series of products for the tech industry.

It’s called SIRIUS ACT and it offers nearly all types of machinery with elegantly designed push buttons, indicator lights and switches that the company says “are the perfect embodiment of style, intelligence, and physical toughness.”

Considering Siemens — Europe’s largest electronics company — has been in business for over 165 years and has built a solid reputation for quality, highly-durable, energy-efficient and resource saving tech solutions, we’ll take their word for it.

More specifically, SIRIUS ACT is a modular system of pushbuttons and indicator lights for front plate mounting and rear-mounted electrical modules.

Why make a big deal about contraptions as vanilla and mundane as push buttons and indicator lights, you might wonder? Short answer: our increasingly chaotic world can always use some sprucing up. Siemens’ system come in four stylish designs that can be customized to your unique taste: plastic black, plastic with a metal front ring (matte), metal shiny, metal matter and flat solid metal.

Fortunately, with SIRIUS ACT, you get more than just spiffy aesthetics. Every component (e.g. buttons, lights, and switches) is constructed from premium and durable materials such as genuine metal and high-grade plastics, and all controls have the capability to communicate and interact with each other.

For quality assurance, Siemens engineers also put SIRIUS ACT through an extensive series of trials that includes high pressured element tests and painstakingly configured each and every control to ensure that they work perfectly with HMI touchscreens and industrial computers.

The company assures us that dust, water, oils, caustic solutions and extreme environmental influences have nothing on this bad boy, making it ideal for many applications.

With such sophistication, you would think SIRIUS ACT would be difficult to install and use. Think again! An innovative snap-on concept makes installing the unit so easy that it can be done with one hand. Moreover, an intuitive generator for the SIRIUS ACT Configurator provides users with three easy steps for arranging devices individually online with selection, drag-and- drop functions and comfortable reporting.

With SIRIUS ACT, Siemens looks to have delivered a modern, easy-to-use, extremely-rugged and flexible system that could give your machinery the extra oomph! it’s been needing. Any questions?

This post is sponsored by Siemens, but all thoughts are our own.


GM Partners With Shell For In-Car Gas Purchase



Chevrolet Tahoe Shell Marketplace

Drivers of General Motors vehicles can pay for gas at Shell gas stations without getting out of their car.

The American automaker has integrated its Marketplace system with Shell Pay & Save, allowing drivers of Buick, Cadillac, Chevy or GMC-branded vehicles to simply pay for their gas using their car’ infotainment screen rather than having to use a credit card.

To use the system, the user simply presses a few selections on the vehicle’s touchscreen to generate a three-digit code for activating a specific pump.

Rick Ruskin, Marketplace Line of Business leader, GM, stated:

“Fuelling is obviously an essential part of the vehicle ownership experience and we’re excited to offer our drivers a new way to fuel up with convenience, security and speed. Through Marketplace, we’ve been able to harness the power of the connected vehicle to change the way people think about everyday tasks like filling up.”

Th integration is part of GM’s efforts to develop a car-retail ecosystem. It previously entered into a similar partnership with ExxonMobil for Buick drivers.

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New Ford Ranger Uses Radar To Make Towing Easier



New 2019 Ford Ranger midsize pickup Truck

When the new Ford Ranger goes on sale in North America, it will have a unique blind spot monitoring system that not only lets you know if a vehicle is on either side of the truck, but it also monitors the sides of any trailer you might be towing.

Ford’s midsize pickup will be available with a radar-based towing technology that monitors blind spots starting from behind the truck towards the back of a trailer. The system can store up to three trailer profiles and lengths, helping it to quickly decide how far back to monitor.

The Ranger also features cross-traffic alert technology to warn drivers of oncoming vehicles when they are backing out of a parking spot.

North American sales of the 2019 Ford Ranger begin in early 2019.

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Time To Get Your Groceries From Walmart With Waymo



Waymo-Jaguar-I-Pace EV

Waymo partnered up with Walmart, a shopping mall, a hotel, a car dealer and a car rental agency to make life a little bit more convenient for the general public.

A pilot program in Phoenix, Arizona, with Walmart allows riders get discounts on groceries ordered on After completing an order on , and as the order are being prepared at the store, a Waymo vehicle will be deployed to transport the shopper to and from Walmart to collect their groceries.

Another partnership between Waymo and shopping center manager DDR makes it easier for shoppers and diners to visit Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center in Chandler, Arizona, by offering them rides in Waymo’s self-driving vehicles so that they can avoid the stressful parking lots, while the nearby Element Hotel will give select guests access to Waymo vehicles for commuting to work.

Waymo has also expanded its partnership with automotive retailer AutoNation, which currently maintains the Waymo fleet. AutoNation now offers Waymo rides instead of loaner vehicles when a customer brings a vehicle in for service.

Finally, Avis Budget Group will provide Waymos as a last mile solution for Avis customers in Phoenix picking up or dropping off their rental cars.

Waymo says that these partnerships, although initially Metro Phoenix-specific, are national. They will be expanded to other cities down the road.

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