Connected Cars the Focus for Inaugural Tech & Diagnostic Repair Forum

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June 19, 2017—The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced speakers, panelists, and the agenda for the Advanced Technology & Diagnostic Repair Forum. This inaugural event will take place Wednesday, July 26, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.

The Advanced Technology & Diagnostic Repair Forum will focus on ADAS and the connected car that is redefining the scope of a proper repair after the vehicle was involved in an accident. Sensors, cameras, accident avoidance systems, and wireless communications are just some examples of new technology that affects repairs. Car manufacturers, insurers, repairers, and technology companies are driving the content which makes this the most comprehensive and relevant program of its kind. The business is changing rapidly, which is forcing everyone to reevaluate training, equipment, operational and repair best practices as well as their interactions with vehicle owners.

All industry stakeholders involved in the collision repair and service repair industries are welcome, including but not limited to the following:

  • Collision repairers
  • Executive and management staff from MSOs, networks and franchisors
  • Insurance professionals
  • Technology providers
  • Service writers
  • Repair Technicians

Some of the topics that will be covered in the ATDR Forum include autonomous vehicles, the use of OEM parts vs. aftermarket and salvage parts, government regulation & legislation, cars as mobile computers, a panel discussion with insurers, and more.

The schedule is available for review below.

Advanced Technology & Diagnostic Repair Forum Agenda
7:00 a.m. — Registration, Private Breakfast and Networking
7:30 a.m. — Governance, OE’s and Big Brother are Weighing in at an Astonishing Rate: Bob Redding, Automotive Service Association and Wayne Weikel, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
8:00 a.m. — Redefining the Automotive Industry Through the Connected Car, Autonomous Vehicle & Mobile Computer: Sean Carey, SCG Management Consultants
8:30 a.m. — Will Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Force Salvage and Aftermarket Parts Into Extinction?: Terry Fortner, LKQ Corp.; Jake Rodenroth, Collision Diagnostic Services; Mark Olson, Vehicle Collision Experts, LLC (Moderator)
9:10 a.m. — Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Technology: David Hobbs, Delphi Automotive
9:40 a.m. — Coffee / Networking Break
10:10 a.m. — What Scan Tool Do I Use? OEM or Aftermarket: Mike Simon, Bosch US
10:50 a.m. — Advanced Vehicle Technology Ensures that Pre- and Post- Scanning is Here to Stay: Tim O’Day, Boyd Group; Chris Evans, State Farm Insurance Companies; Darrell Amberson, LaMettry’s; Matt Dewalt, Legacy Autobody Group; Mark Woirol, Allstate/Tech-Cor; Russell Thrall III, CollisionWeek (Moderator)

“This is the largest forum that exclusively covers the latest in ADAS, telematics and other new technology as it relates to the collision repair industry," Dan Risley, president and executive director, ASA stated. ""The new advisory board made a huge impact in developing content relative to the needs of the market and attendees of this program will gain significant insight necessary for success in their businesses.”


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