Newsmaker

  • John Kramer is the VP for North American operations at The Floow, a UK-based telematics and fleet management company. Kramer has a background in both telematics and the insurance industry.
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  • Research firm Netscribes has released its Global Telematics Market Report, which indicates that the telematics market will have a compound annual growth rate of 28.5 percent from 2017 to 2022, reaching $233.24 billion in revenue worldwide. 
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  • Berg Insight issued a report that found the active fleet management systems deployed in North America was growing a CAGR of 15 percent, and is expected to reach 13.5 million by 2021. We spoke to Rickard Andersson, senior analyst at Berg Insight, about the report.
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  • Based in Indianapolis with an international reach, Stericycle Expert Solutions’ quarterly Recall Index tracks government-mandated repair initiatives for faulty vehicle components. Wayne Mitchell, director of the company’s automotive division, recently addressed the pace of ongoing industry recalls.
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  • Heming Bjorna, senior commercial specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service who focuses on Norway's auto industry, discusses the Nordic nation with Aftermarket Business World.
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  • David Benardo’s Zelectric Motors shop in San Diego specializes in converting vintage petroleum-powered Volkswagens and Porsches into electric vehicles.
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  • Jeremy Carlson of IHS Markit discusses the connected vehicle market and announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show and Detroit Auto Show in January.
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  • Daniel Zenko, director of data innovation at the Auto Care Association, will lead the association’s efforts in category management data collection and reporting, and will help harmonize in-house research.
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  • Allison Fried of the Consumer Technology Association, which produces the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held annually in Las Vegas, discusses the presence of auto companies at CES.
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  • Surgere and robotics company Fetch created a robotic inventory and cycle counting system that can be used in logistics facilities and warehouses. Surgere's David Zingery discussed development of the system.
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  • Marie Niewiroski, director of eBay Motors, answered questions from Aftermarket Business World about the site’s automotive-oriented offerings, including Virtual Tech and My Garage.
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  • ABI Research identified three important technology trends in intelligent transportation: Freight as a service; vehicle OEMs adopting factory-fit telematics solutions; and the rapid growth of the commercial telematics sector.
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  • In December 2017, Openbay announced that it is partnering with eBay Motors to make available millions of searchable parts and accessories.
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  • In the 1960s, Robert Fenton was involved in groundbreaking research on driverless vehicles. He and his colleagues built and tested some of the earliest autonomous cars on roadways around Columbus, Ohio.
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  • James G. Burrows, senior vice president for small business at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, is committed to assisting small businesses interested in pursuing overseas export sales.
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  • BellHawk Systems President Peter Green published a white paper on the value of using license plate container tracking barcodes to improve inventory visibility inside the warehouse.
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  • Bill Russo, managing director at the Gao Feng Advisory Co.’s automotive division and a 30-year industry veteran, discusses how autonomous vehicles will impact future driving behavior.
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  • CarFix will issue Vehicle Lifecycle Blockchain tokens to establish reliable repair records and price information, allowing for secure transactions among customers, dealerships, insurance companies and the automotive repair industry.
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  • Every year, 4-H youth participate in more than 5 million science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects from aerospace engineering and robotics to veterinary science and hydroponics.
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  • Mike Fitzgerald, executive vice president and general manager of Innova Telematics Solutions, spoke with Aftermarket Business World about trends in the fleet management space.
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