One of the anticipated events for collision repairers during the show is the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, which is part of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education (RDE) Series. During the three sessions held this year, attendees had the opportunity to hear innovators in automotive structural design and technology first-hand. The summit included information about preparing for emerging trends in automotive technology, a comprehensive discussion about accessibility to OEM procedures and technical support, and the importance of meeting the OEM’s expectations in welding. The presentations and panel discussions catered to those who realize the importance of embracing the necessary investments in equipment and training to be successful in the future.
An Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Forum also took place, highlighting some of the challenges associated with these technologies and potential resources and approaches required to develop solutions. In addition, a discussion was held on Computers, Cars and Cybersecurity, which focused on the direction of autonomous vehicles and potential security threats found by California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) students and security researchers.
There were more than 100 automotive celebrity appearances throughout the day. From autograph sessions to product announcements, showgoers were able to meet stars such as Dave Ankin, CEO and star of the History Channel's "ToyMakerz;" award-winning builder Charley Hutton at the PPG booth; and KC Mathieu of "Fast N’Loud" at the BASF booth.