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Verizon Takes the Prize in Aftermarket Telematics Challenge
In-Drive Keeps Consumers Informed and Connected to their Vehicles
Verizon Telematics (formerly Hughes Telematics) was named as the winner of the 2013 Aftermarket Telematics Challenge by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). The competition, sponsored by AAIA, serves to identify and recognize the best example of connected-vehicle technology that can be fitted to vehicles in the aftermarket. The Verizon In-Drive system offers consumers a choice of telematics services including safety & security; vehicle operation data; navigation; roadside assistance; diagnostics and service reminders.
In announcing the winner of the Telematics Challenge at AAPEX in Las Vegas, AAIA Chief Information Officer, Scott Luckett explained, “nearly 160 million vehicles, 1996 and later, are equipped with a diagnostic port that can accept an aftermarket telematics upgrade. Consumers crave connectivity in their lives, including their time behind the wheel. The Verizon In-Drive system delivers a rich suite of convenience, security and vehicle management features without the need to buy a new vehicle with the “technology” package”.
Eric Berkobin, Vice President of Engineering for Verizon Telematics will be on hand at the AAPEX Learning Forum on Thursday, November 7 at 9:00 am to explain how the In-Drive system can benefit the aftermarket service channel. The session, Aftermarket Telematics: Separating Fact from Fiction will also include Scott Luckett, AAIA CIO, and Roger Lanctot, associate director in the global automotive practice of Strategy Analytics.
The winning entry was announced at AAPEX in Las Vegas, Nov. 5-7, and a $10,000 scholarship donation will be presented to the Aftermarket Scholarship Fund in the name of the winning company.
Congratulations to Verizon Telematics for winning the Telematics Challenge with the In-Drive system. For complete information about Verizon Telematics see www.verizontelematics.com
AAIA Demonstrated an Aftermarket proof-of-concept at the Shop of Tomorrow
AAIA demonstrated an aftermarket proof-of-concept at AAPEX, communicating wirelessly between the shop management and information systems while performing remote diagnostics - View the Shop of Tomorrow video demonstration.