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The independent automotive aftermarket faces an imminent “communications conundrum.” Telematics have reached a tipping point that will impact service, repair and custom shops and technicians at many levels. Recently, the Automotive Aftermarket Telematics Force (TFF) provided an industry update to a broad spectrum of attendees at ToolTech 2015, hosted by the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI). Read More.
At the second annual Technology & Telematics Forum during NACE | CARS 2015 on June 22 in Detroit, several panels of industry experts talked about the impacts of that question. They also discussed many of the advancements and challenges presented by the impending revolution in wireless vehicle technology and how different parts of the market may be impacted. Read More.
ETI’s Annual ToolTech conference remains the premiere event in the tool and equipment industry with more than 115 professionals from over 50 companies in attendance at this year’s ToolTech 2015 in Austin, Texas
The Equipment and Tool Institute's ToolTech conference provided an unequalled opportunity to attend informative industry focused presentations and take away valuable information about the “Connected Vehicle: Opportunities and Challenges”, this year’s theme.
ToolTech 2015 featured presentations and panel discussions with cellular network providers, telematics experts, shop owners, vehicle manufacturer representatives, and collision repair specialists covering a variety of topics surrounding telematics and trends, as well as discussion groups on the driverless vehicle, new technologies and trends in the industry, and proper collision repairs and OEM procedures.
ToolTech 2015 Keynote Speaker and body language expert Eliot Hoppe introduced the crowd to the silent language of influence and how actions can motivate and persuade others to comply with ease through entertaining live demonstrations and video examples. Attendees learned how what they see and hear can influence both positive and negative outcomes in their ability to be successful both professionally and personally.
The link to ToolTech 2015 Presentations is available on the homepage of ETI’s website, www.etools.org.
Twenty-four ETI member companies showcased their organizations during the Company Spotlight Happy Hour and others were given the opportunity to present new products to the media during press conference and to engage in private one-on-on-one meetings with individuals and companies of interest.
There was plenty of time for networking during the event’s opening reception and the closing dinner which were held at two restaurants with rooftop views of Austin's world famous 6th street district.
“ToolTech 2015 was very well attended and continues to be one of the most informative events in the industry. The speakers and panelists were very knowledgeable and the topics were pertinent and provided the latest developments and trends in the tool and equipment segment to the attendees,” said Jessie Korosec, ETI Marketing and Event Manager. “The Discussion Groups continue to grow in popularity and participation and the newly revamped Company Spotlight Happy Hour provided an excellent stage for our member companies to highlight their products and services. We would like to thank the attendees and presenters for their support and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s ToolTech in Monterey, California, April 25 -28, 2016”.
Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to: Advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.
Cars and computers are converging, and the plugs prove it. Across the auto industry, a transition is underway to Ethernet, the networking system widely used to connect PCs to the Internet and one another. It is the best way, most automakers and suppliers have decided, to handle the huge amounts of data that next-generation driver-assist and infotainment systems will need to transmit and process. Read More
Chrysler will soon fully belong to Italian automaker Fiat SpA. On Wednesday, Fiat announced that it had struck a deal to aquire the last 41.5 percent stake of Chrysler Group LLC for $3.6 billion. The shares are owned by the VEBA Trust, which is run by the United Auto Workers. The deal is expected to be official by Jan. 20.As part of the deal, Chrysler will pay the trust $700 million in four annual installments. Read More.
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