• Chris Gardner, a vice president who handles technology for the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, discusses AASA's Connected Aftermarket initiative with Aftermarket Business World.
    Chris Gardner
  • This year’s AAPEX is a “sold out” event with 2,300 exhibitors, and when combined with SEMA will boast 166,000 attendees this year, compared to 145,000 in 2014, according to Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer.
  • Hardly a day goes by without a story involving autonomous driving, vehicle hacking, privacy concerns, traffic mitigation and more. A major take away from Dr. Juliussen was the rate at which these technologies are becoming mainstream.
    Scott Luckett
  • Telematics have the potential to reshape how the aftermarket engages and interacts with our customers and potential customers but only if we gain access to this emerging arena and only if we challenge the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and the new car dealerships for our share of this growing market.
  • The 2015 AAPEXedu will take a close up look at the emerging role of telematics as a revenue generator for independent auto repair shops, and many additional issues related to autonomous vehicles and connected cars.
  • Auto dealerships and OEMs will increasingly turn to digital car showrooms to reduce costs and increase sales. New types of stores and online showrooms like Audi City, BMW Brand and the new MINI Pop-Up stores represent the future of auto retailing, according to Frost & Sullivan.
    Brian Albright
  • The U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing entitled, “Vehicle to Vehicle Communications and Connected Roadways of the Future.” 
  • The new Innova Fleet Services Management System is designed to give auto parts stores a sales advantage by alerting both the fleet customer and the parts store of required vehicle maintenance through telematics.
    Innova Fleet Services