ROMULUS, Mich. — Five speakers have been scheduled at the Automotive Service Association's "Connected CARS" meeting, scheduled for the Detroit Metro Airport Marriott Hotel in Romulus May 18-19.
"Connected CARS," an offshoot of the ASA's Congress of Automotive Repair and Service, will provide an in-depth look at the technical aspects of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), the ASA said.
Shop owners and technicians will get a technically oriented look at all sides of the advanced vehicle technologies through interviews, panel discussions and hands-on presentations by experts and engineers from every sector of the industry.
The meeting will offer exclusive high-end training on the future of scan tools and cybersecurity, with a primary focus on driver assistance systems operation, design, diagnosis and calibration, the association said.
“ASA believes it is critical for shop owners and technicians to be aware of the rapidly changing technical landscape and to arm themselves with the necessary skills to prepare for those changes,” said Vice President Tony Molla.
“Advancing automotive technology has always presented a challenge for automotive service and collision repair shops, but the pace of change has quickened to the point where we need to get educated on what's here now.
"ASA is working to develop new ways to get this education and information out to our membership and the industry at large to help prepare us for not just what's coming, but what's showing up in our service bays today.”
Scheduled speakers include:
- Debra Bezzina, managing director, Center for Connected and Automated Transportation at the University of Michigan;
- Greg Potter, manager, Equipment & Tool Institute;
- Bob Gruszczynski, OBD communication expert, Volkswagen Group of America;
- Scott Belt, chief engineer, Mahle Service Solutions; and
- Jim Luyckx, general manager of product development, Snap-On Tools.
Event co-sponsors include Advance Professional, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and NAPA AutoCare Centers. Advance will be providing the first 50 registrants with a free Kindle Fire.
The event's final day features an optional tour of the Henry Ford Museum n Dearborn, Mich.
Additional information about the meeting, including registration and the full program, can be found at www.ASA-CARS.com.