On Sept. 12, ASA and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) partnered to host the 6th Annual Technology and Telematics Forum at the Hilton Garden Ballroom in Troy, MI.
The first half of the day featured five panels with topics intended to prepare collision repair professionals for the imminent technological advances in the industry’s future. Bob Redding, ASA Washington, D.C., representative, described the event: “It’s an opportunity for independent repairers to hear first-hand the latest vehicle technology advances, discussions about data access, and dialogue with colleagues.”
ASA Executive Director Ray Fisher felt the program was very successful, and he stated, “I want to thank the Alliance for not only their sponsorship of the program, but more importantly, sharing our vision of a productive dialogue with our professionals within the automotive repair industry.”
Segmented discussions focused on new vehicle technology, data access and cybersecurity with subject matter experts from the automotive and collision repair industries teaching attendees how these topics will impact their businesses.
A panel discussion on “What’s at Stake for Me With These New Technologies” included Frank Leutz of Desert Car Care in AZ, Jason (Buck) Zeise from LaMettry’s in MN, Airpro Diagnostics’ Vice President of Strategic Business Operations Josh McFarlin, and Robert C. Passmore, CPCU, assistant vice president, Personal Lines Policy, American Property Casualty Insurance Association. Exploring factors revolving around vehicle data access, Leutz and Zeise emphasized the importance of educating consumers about their vehicles, data that is collected, and how that data is utilized by the repairer.
Chuck Olsen, senior vice president of Operations and Automotive Technology for Airpro Diagnostics, participated in a panel discussion alongside Ford’s Dave Johnson and Ethan Wilson, senior government relations manager & legal counsel of Turo, as they covered “What’s New?” Fisher recalled, “Data access is necessary to diagnose and repair vehicles but must ensure that consumers’ privacy rights are protected.”
A third panel discussion, focused on “Data Access and Cybersecurity Solutions,” included Mobile Auto Solutions’ President Kevin DiVito, Mitchell1’s Ben Johnson, and John Ohly, director of Federal Affairs for AAM. Debra Bezzina, managing director of the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation for the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, delivered a question-and-answer style presentation on “What’s Now, New and Next.”