Searching Google Play, and Apple’s iTunes websites, more than 500 smartphone applications can be found that allow smartphones access to OBD-II data via a dongle (adaptor) plugged into a vehicle’s diagnostic connector.
Several program distribution groups said that in 2016 the market continued to present challenges due to changes brought about by ongoing industry consolidation. As the competitive landscape continues to change, program groups are looking for new and different ways to enhance brand value.
The Chinese government is in the process of implementing a related “Made in China 2025” initiative that aspires to comprehensively improve its worldwide manufacturing prowess, including the pursuit of cutting-edge automotive innovations.
New vehicle sales are expected to reach nearly 90 million units globally this year, according to IHS Markit, and global vehicles in operation will exceed nearly 1.4 billion vehicles by 2021, with two billion vehicles in operation expected by 2040.
Retired four-star General Michael Hayden, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, delivered the keynote address “Cyber Security and the Threat of Cyber Attack” at AAPEX 2016.