The third annual Aftermarket Telematics Challenge is now accepting applications. The competition is open to products and solutions that enable remote diagnostics and other vehicle management features through the use of an aftermarket device or software application. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Membership in the Auto Care Association is not required. The winner will be recognized at the AAPEX Trade show in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-6. Scholarships will be awarded by the GAAS scholarship fund in the name of the winner to 10 students preparing for an automotive career in technology or telematics. Complete details and a description of the selection criteria are found on the Aftermarket Telematics Challenge Application

Telematics systems enable a wide variety of infotainment, navigation and location-based services. Wireless communication with a vehicle enables vehicle manufacturers to monitor the health of their product from afar and practice Vehicle Relationship Management (VRM). To protect the interests of the auto care service industry, the Auto Care Association was instrumental in the formation of the Aftermarket Telematics Task Force to define a technical solution to protect the consumers’ right to choose where data from their vehicle goes. The Auto Care Association also sponsors the annual Auto Care Telematics Challenge to identify and recognize the best example of aftermarket technology that keeps the connected car connected to the independent auto care industry. The Auto Care Association also publishes a monthly Telematics Trendline, a series of articles by Derek Kaufman, C3 Network, Inc.

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