ADAS, The Connected Car and The Aftermarket


A panel of industry analysts at the AASA Technology Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 4, will compare the commercial and passenger vehicle markets, focusing on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and connected car technologies – and the opportunities these present for new products and services. The Conference is slated for Sunday, Oct. 2 through Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Clearwater, Fla.

Brian Daugherty, MEMA chief technology officer, will moderate the panel, which will include Colin Bird, senior analyst, IHS Automotive, and Sandeep Kar, global director Automotive and Transportation, Frost & Sullivan. Conference attendees will gain insights into the impact of ADAS and new technologies on the commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle aftermarket industries, learn which market is ahead and which presents more short-term opportunities.

The 2016 AASA Technology Conference will be the largest gathering of suppliers and industry partners in the event’s history, as aftermarket professionals discuss major emerging technology trends, compare ideas, develop connections with the leading technology executives in the aftermarket and gain strategies to seize opportunities in technology developments. Attendees will include IT/IS, engineers, data managers, customer service, web developers and marketing from suppliers, warehouse distributors, retailers and technology providers.

In addition to the panel discussion, speakers and topics at the 2016 Conference will include:

  • KEYNOTE: Aftermarket Channel Partner Spotlight – Gary Desai, senior vice president and CIO of Auto Plus Auto Parts and Pep Boys
  • KEYNOTE: “Vehicle IoT: Making Access to Vehicles Work for Everyone,” Alan Chakra, Director, Wipro
  • KEYNOTE: “Connected Car Functionality for Today's Vehicles,” Sascha Simon, Founder & CEO, Driversiti
  • KEYNOTE: “Smartphones Will Streamline IAM Supply Chain,” by Pavana Jain, CEO and co-founder of SHIFTMobility
  • KEYNOTE: “State of Global Vehicle Data,” Jürgen Buchert, CEO, TecAlliance
  • Technology Tracks for Marketing/B2B, IT and Heavy Duty

New for this year’s Technology Conference are live, on-vehicle technology demonstrations. Conference attendees will be able to experience creative technologies that connect vehicles with motorists with repair shops and in some cases with the traditional aftermarket supply chain.

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