New Vehicle Technology on Steroids

I’ve been reading news reports from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and am just amazed at how much new technology is being unveiled for vehicles this week. While much of this dazzling new technology is years away from reaching the showroom and more years away from reaching the service and repair bays in the independent aftermarket, it will inevitably be the responsibility of the independent aftermarket to keep these vehicles on the road.

Beyond the myriad of dashboard, infotainment, smartphone and cabin interfaces and apps, and cloud synchronization systems being showcased at CES, it is new technology products like the Delphi Connected Car for vehicle diagnostics that will impact our industry the most. Delphi’s Connected Car solution was recognized as the first winner of the Aftermarket Telematics Challenge because it demonstrated how the consumer could enjoy the convenience and peace-of-mind of telematics without the need to buy a new car. Aftermarket telematics products are on display at CES, once again demonstrating that the aftermarket can respond to customer needs with innovative and affordable products.

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