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News   September 18, 2019   by Allan Janssen

Industry gathers to discuss future technologies

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers hosted the Sixth Annual Technology & Telematics Forum on Sept. 12 in Troy, Mich.

The forum consisted of several segmented discussions focused on new vehicle technologies, data access and cybersecurity solutions. Attendees heard from experts representing entities from across the automotive industry.

Panel discussions went into detail regarding the latest and future vehicle technologies and, specifically, what impact these technologies will have on the independent automotive repair industry.

The program included:

What’s Now, New, and Next – A question-and-answer session with Debra Bezzina, Managing Director of the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

What’s at Stake for Me with These New Technologies?  A panel discussion involving Frank Leutz, Desert Car Care of Chandler in Chandler, Ariz.; Jason (Buck) Zeise, LaMettry’s in Minneapolis, Minn.; Josh McFarlin, Vice President of Strategic Business Operations, Airpro Diagnostics; and Robert (Bob) C. Passmore, CPCU, Assistant Vice President, Personal Lines Policy, American Property Casualty Insurance Association.

What’s New? – A panel discussion with Chuck Olsen, Senior VP of Operations & Automotive Technology, Airpro Diagnostics; Dave Johnson, Director Global Service Engineering operations, Ford Customer Service Division; and Ethan Wilson, Senior Government Relations Manager & Legal Counsel, Turo.

Data Access and Cybersecurity Solutions – A panel discussion with Kevin DiVito, President, Mobile Auto Solutions; Ben Johnson, Director, Product Management, Mitchell1; John Ohly, Director Federal Affairs, Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers.

Think About This on Your Way Home – A question-and-answer session with Jeff Massimilla, Vice President of Global Security at GM.

ASA executive director Ray Fisher said ASA shares with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers a vision of ongoing, productive dialogue between professionals in the automotive repair industry.

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