Attendees took in a trade show and learning opportunities at Automechanika in Atlanta in early August. Check out our gallery below for more photos.
Just like the other sectors of the automotive aftermarket, the collision industry is set to take on a whole new set of challenges in the upcoming years.
Sessions and forums at NACE Automechanika highlighted the changes that will be settling in, creating a different world than industry professionals may be used to. Thousands gathered in downtown Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center to hear how connected vehicles will take hold and create opportunities for the industry, as well as walk the trade show floor to see what vendors could offer.
Vehicle technology will change how claims are made – a vehicle could report the claim itself in the future, it was suggested at the Technology and Telematics Forum – and how they are processed. The forum explored how crash rates could fall with advancing technology as industry analysts, insurance professionals and data analytics experts shared views on changes to the collision industry.
There is a lot of data being generated in vehicles, said Sean Carey, president of SCG, at the Technology & Telematics Forum at Automechanika.
Other sessions at the show included explorations on marketing your business, boosting customer retention and encouraging online feedback, in addition to numerous technical training opportunities.
The three-day trade show also featured events like the Rockin’ Rides Car Show, the Big R Show, which showcased remanufacturing members, and an MSO Symposium.
Attendees also attended a welcome reception at the College Football Hall of Fame.