Wednesday, 29 August 2012 21:38

SCRS Asks, "Is New Vehicle Technology Endangering Your Business?"

Kim Hazelbaker of HLDI to present a free RDE session at 2012 SEMA Show.

According to some in the popular press, the age of autonomous vehicles is almost here and they promise a crash-free future. The question for many in the industry is whether a roadway filled with self driving cars is really that close, and what will that mean for repair businesses that would be impacted by a speculated decline in vehicle damage occurrences?

To help decipher what the emerging trends in vehicle technology are, and how those vehicle design features will truly impact the industry, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has announced that it will be hosting an additional Repairer Driven Education (RDE) session at the SEMA Show this fall. The session, Is New Vehicle Technology Endangering Your Business?, will be presented from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Tuesday, October 30th, by Kim Hazelbaker, Senior Vice President of the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

This session, which will be free to all pre-registered attendees will look at the current state of vehicle advancements, both crashworthiness and crash avoidance technologies.


Through extensive use of crash test video and real world results, Mr. Hazelbaker will outline what is state of the art in safety today and how it is rapidly changing. Using timelines for the adoption of other automotive technologies, he will suggest what the pace of change may be in the future. If you are concerned about how existing and future technologies could potentially decrease the amount of repair work entering into the market, you won't want to miss this interesting and informative update on vehicle technology.

"SCRS understands that the industry gathers at annual events like SCRS' RDE series and the SEMA Show to acquire information that can help them run their business and forecast how they need to adapt to remain relevant," stated SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg. "The dramatic pace at which we are seeing new technology, and understanding the impact that technology has on our businesses, is perhaps one of the most critical pieces of information our members need to ensure the success of their businesses. We are thrilled that we could partner with Mr. Hazelbaker and his well respected organization to develop a customized presentation that spoke to such a critical industry topic."

HLDI is a private non-profit organization that gathers, processes, and publishes insurance data concerned with the human and economic losses associated with owning and operating motor vehicles, and the HLDI database currently holds the insurance records of more than 150 million individual vehicles. As Senior Vice President, Mr. Hazelbaker has a leadership role in all aspects of HLDI's mission, having served the organization for twenty-five years, initially joining as Director of Statistical Analysis.

A complete listing of the RDE sessions can be found at www.semashow.com/scrs. Headline presentations on Tuesday and Thursday of the SEMA Show are brought to you thanks to contributions and support from SEMA, PPG, GM Genuine Parts and BASF.

About SEMA and the SEMA Show: The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details available at www.semashow.com or www.sema.org, (909) 396-0289.

About SCRS' RDE Series: REPAIRER DRIVEN EDUCATION (RDE) series will feature over 21 seminar offerings, many of which are uniquely designed and being offered only at the 2012 SEMA Show. The series will be offered either as individual sessions, or as a package, and registrants will have the option to attend seven regular session seminars which will be delivered between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day of the show; as well as a special headline presentations being delivered from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday morning. Each of the courses has been individually selected or crafted by SCRS because the content specifically focuses on information that is relevant to collision repair professionals and appeals to the diverse array of marketplace perspectives within the collision repair industry. Register at www.semashow.com/scrs.

About SCRS: Through its direct members and 39 affiliate associations, SCRS is comprised of 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized professionals who work with consumers and insurance companies to repair collision-damaged vehicles. Additional information about SCRS including other news releases is available at the SCRS website: www.scrs.com. You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: info@scrs.com.

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