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WIN Webinar Explores What’s NEXT for Auto Body in the Digital World

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Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of The NEXT Education Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of The NEXT Education


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On International Women’s Day on March 8, Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of The NEXT Education, shared insights on “What’s NEXT for the Future Autobody Worker in Our Emerging Digital World,” during a webinar hosted by the Women’s Industry Network (WIN).

“Never before have we seen such a change in how transportation has been done,” Farnsworth began. “We are experiencing a wonderful period of growth, and the industry needs as many women as possible.”


Referencing technologies, such as intelligent infrastructure, self-driving and autonomous vehicles and connected cars, Farnsworth pointed out, “If we don’t have technicians who really understand the technology, all this great technology is worthless. We focus on growing the person, who can then become an agent of change and grow the industry.”


Connected vehicles (CV) are cars that talk to one another. Many modern vehicles already include a variety of wireless communications, information and entertainment systems, such as GPS, smartphone linking and automated incident reporting. CVs provide the ability to equip vehicles with bidirectional communication using any protocol connectivity wirelessly, as well as the ability to allow vehicles access to both wireless and networked devices inside and outside of the vehicle itself.


According to Frost & Sullivan, 20% of vehicles in North America will have telematics capabilities by 2025, and nearly 80% of vehicles will contain some sort of connected capability by 2030.


Connectivity provides an opportunity to optimize traffic management, reduce collisions and provide travel information, according to Farnsworth.


“There are a lot of electronics going on inside a connected vehicle, and though the industry is likely to see fewer collisions in the future, vehicles involved in accidents will be more expensive to fix.


“Range of vision is important to think about as a repairer. We need to know how the sensors interact and what they’re expected to do,” Farnsworth added. “Be careful of the sensors and the cameras when you repair connected vehicles---these features provide enhanced safety and mobility. Each have different requirements for speed, security, distance and bandwidth.”


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