Continental received the award for Best New Technology Product during AAPEX 2021 for its new Autodiagnos Drive remote vehicle-data solution.
The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) presented the award during a special ceremony at the start of the show. Autodiagnos Drive is designed to deliver advanced diagnostic information to service providers, fleet managers and repair facilities so they can maximize theirdata-driven services. The easily installed, plug-and-play technology increases productivity, reduces downtime and enhances customer service by keeping customers continuously aware of the vehicle’s condition via live access to extended vehicle diagnostic data, according to the company.
Continental Autodiagnos Drive was part of the AAPEX 2021 New Product Showcase, which debuted the industry’s newest products and allowed the products to be judged electronically by pre-registered buyers who viewed the products in the AAPEX Product Plus magazine. Entries with the most votes were named Best New Product in each of eight categories. In addition to New Technology, the other categories included: Tools & Equipment; Safety; Hard Parts; Chemicals, Lubricants & Filters; Automotive Lighting; and Appearance Chemicals & Car Care.
The award was accepted by Howard Laster, executive director and general manager, Continental Automotive Systems, and Christopher Bahlman, head of Diagnostics and Services, Continental Commercial Vehicles and Services.
“We are extremely delighted to be the recipient of this prestigious award,” Bahlman said. “We are proud of our entire team’s efforts to make Autodiagnos Drive a reality and help our customers increase productivity, reduce downtime, enhance customer service, while gaining better insights into the condition of the vehicles they service or manage. Every member of the Diagnostics and Services team is excited about the recognition they have received for their hard work and dedication.”
In addition to the new Autodiagnos Drive, Continental’s Diagnostics and Services group also features two major diagnostic tool programs: Continental Autodiagnos PRO automotive diagnostic system; and Continental Autodiagnos TPMS tools. Both programs are designed to meet the needs of aftermarket service professionals by streamlining vehicle data that technicians can use to analyze, diagnose and repair vehicles faster and better, according to the company.