Articles by Aaron Lowe

New challenges to repair industry competition are quickly emerging as car companies seek to lock down access to on-board diagnostic systems in the name of “cybersecurity.”
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While not perfect, a ruling by the Copyright Office to continue the expansion of the DMCA exemption is an important step to keeping vehicle access open to the independent repair market.
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While there is nothing inherently wrong with the SAE OBD port protection standard, it fails to address a major issue: mainly that every manufacturer is now attempting to address cybersecurity in its own way.
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Courage, commitment and determination are characteristics that represent individuals willing to put it on the line for an issue or cause that they believe in.
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Going into effect on August 30th, Prop 65 regulations will require companies that sell products that meet a certain exposure level for either cancer or reproductive thresholds to include new warnings on the label, as well as on the websites where the products are advertised for sale.  
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If survey findings are correct, motorists have little desire to entrust their personal data to vehicle manufacturers...anbd little choice but to fight for data security.
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If you have been looking for a time to connect with your elected official, this is the year to do it. Your elected representatives will soon exit Washington, D.C., and look for opportunities to meet with their constituents back home.
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Brick and mortar retailers are at a competitive disadvantage to online-only companies that are free from charging sales tax as long as they are headquartered outside the state where the sale occurs. Enter the Marketplace Fairness Act.  
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For the aftermarket, investing in infrastructure would have many benefits by reducing traffic bottlenecks and making improvements to U.S. ports.
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With the benefits of right to repair come some responsibilities. Shops need to know where they can obtain the tools, software and information they need to repair the vehicles.
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