Consumer privacy rights just got a lot more serious in California, with at least several other states looking to follow suit — so shop owners need to step up for the protection of their customers, their employees and their businesses as a whole.
In a classic David versus Goliath legislative struggle, collision repairers in the state of Wyoming have said no to legislation historically promoted by some insurers, parts certification advocates and others.
ASA’s Bob Redding, the organization’s Washington, D.C. representative, offered a legislative update for the beginning of 2019, discussing vehicle safety inspections, data access, OEM repair procedures and aftermarket parts.
The bill was introduced Jan. 15, 2019 and in a very brief period of time, is on its way to potentially becoming state law. This legislation has been attempted in other states and numerous legislatures have rejected this policy as it dramatically changes the consumer-collision shop marketplace.
Complicating matters for a state legislative cure is inconsistency. For example, some states may opt for the Rhode Island model and apply OEM repair procedures only to when OEM parts are used, other states could move to require OEM procedures in all cases of collision repair.
AirPro Diagnostics announced today that it has filed for patent protection on a revolutionary new product which brings Cognitive Augmented Reality (C.A.R.) to present digitized calibration targets to vehicles requiring ADAS calibrations.
While it’s possible that elements of this long-sought trilateral trade deal could change as negotiations continue and industry reviews of the details remain ongoing, automotive executives are cautiously optimistic that the pending U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will ultimately be beneficial to the automotive sector.
An economist, investor and industry expert may have competing focuses, but they all agree on one thing: the automotive aftermarket is growing and the future looks bright, although uncertainty and some challenges do loom.
Preserving the consumers’ freedom of choice for vehicle repairs and maintenance and data accessibility is an ongoing battle, and one that industry associations and representatives are fiercely fighting.
The federal government shutdown is just part of the dilemma faced by the automotive industry. Prior to the end of the 115th Congress, the Senate failed to consider the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s AV START Act, autonomous vehicle legislation.
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