The Aftermarket Telematics
Challenge, sponsored by the Auto Care Association, is now open for 2014
and accepting applications from makers of auto care products that offer
the benefits of a connected vehicle from an auto care solution. The
annual competition recognizes the winner with $10,000 of scholarships in
their name. Scholarships are awarded by the GAAS scholarship fund to
students preparing for an automotive career in the fields of technology
The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 3, and the winner will be recognized at AAPEX, Nov. 4-6 in Las Vegas.
“The auto care industry has always responded to changing vehicle
technology with innovative solutions and products to address consumers’
needs,” said Scott Luckett, chief information officer, Auto Care
Association. “In the case of telematics, consumers want a choice in what
information is available from their vehicle and who it is sent to.
Today, innovative products are available to bring in, plug in or beam in
the safety and convenience of telematics without the need to buy a new
vehicle. The Telematics Challenge is intended to identify the best
examples of telematics, making use of technology that was not embedded
by the vehicle manufacturer.”
Products and solutions must be in production and commercially available
at the time of application. Aftermarket telematics solutions include
those that plug in to the J-1962 OBDII interface, make use of a
smartphone application or a hybrid solution. Applicants must submit a
demonstration of the product, a description of the functions and
features and an explanation of how the product serves the interests of
the consumer and the independent vehicle service industry. Key features
of interest to the auto care industry are remote diagnostics, vehicle
condition management and periodic maintenance reminders.
Previous winners of the Aftermarket Telematics Challenge were Delphi
Product & Service Solutions for their Connected Vehicle Solution and
Verizon Telematics for their In-Drive telematics solution.
Complete rules and an application are available at www.autocare.org/telematics