Connected CARS Provides High-Level Look at New Vehicle Technology

Trainers give attendees an invaluable vision of the future.

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS, May 23, 2017 – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) held its first Connected CARS event May 18-19 in Detroit. The event provided an in-depth look at the technical aspects of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

The event featured 108 attendees, including shop owners, technicians, educators, engineers and industry VIPs interested in rapidly evolving vehicle technology and testing. Trainers included:

  • Greg Potter, ETI, and Bob Gruszczynski, VW, scan-tool protocols
  • Mohan Sethi, Mahle Aftermarket, secure diagnostics
  • Debra Bezinna, Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment, University of Michigan (interviewed by Robert L. Redding Jr., ASA’s Washington, D.C., representative), vehicle-to-vehicle communications
  • Dave Hobbs, Delphi, Radar, Lidar, Sonar and camera-based sensors
  • Jason Ross, Volkswagen, driver-assist systems
  • Scott Bolt, Mahle, new vehicle network architecture
  • Tarek Taleb, GM, CAN network diagnosis software
  • Jim Luyckx, Snap-on, diagnostics by thermal imaging
  • Steve Zach, Bosch, ADAS calibration and alignment

Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director, said about the inaugural event, “ASA is committed to providing industry-leading technology and telematics programs to our members and the industry. This program is a first of its kind. Attendees left armed with more knowledge and information on the most current and future ADAS technology than 90 percent of those repairing vehicles in the automotive industry today!”

Sponsors included ASA, NAPA AutoCare, Advanced Professional, The Group, AutoZone, and the entire event was hosted by the Auto Alliance.

“Comments and enthusiasm from Connected CARS attendees and presenters exceeded my expectations,” said event organizer Donny Seyfer. “The presentations were spot-on. I’m not sure who was more impressive – our presenters or their audience. But I do know this was an amazing technical networking opportunity.”

Be sure to mark your calendar to join us in the fall for CARS 2017 at AAPEX Nov. 1-3. CARS will bring you Wall Street-level business intelligence to help you compete and succeed in the rapidly changing business environment. Stay on top of technician acquisition, emerging business models and the latest in advanced vehicle technology. CARS is a must-attend event during industry week. More details to come.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and collision repair professionals. ASA services an international membership based that includes numerous state affiliate and chapter groups.

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Contact: Leona Dalavai Scott
(817) 514-2919

For Release: Immediate
News Release ASA-08

Written by ASA

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services.