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Car. Your Data. Your Choice.

The AAPEX Show, from 5 to 7 November in Las Vegas will highlight the industry fight for access and control of vehicle data

The AAPEX 2019 show will host several events to educate and activate the automotive aftermarket industry in the fight for access to and control of vehicle data through the Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice. national consumer education campaign.

The Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), AAPEX co-owners, recently announced a strategic partnership to focus on the “Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice” campaign, which was created to engage car owners, policymakers, and other stakeholders on car data – what it is, why it matters, and its implications for consumer choice.

Without control of, and access to the diagnostic and repair information wirelessly transmitted from vehicles, consumers could face increased cost and inconvenience, jeopardising the future of the automotive aftermarket and forcing consumers to pay more for car repairs.

AAPEX events include a panel discussion on vehicle data and the aftermarket’s role in protecting consumer choice. Panellists are Jim Dykstra, CEO, Dytech Auto Group; Chris Blalock, director of product management, Dorman Products; Daniel Massey, PhD, director of technology, cybersecurity and policy program, University of Colorado Boulder; and Clay Millican, driver of the Parts Plus Top Fuel Dragster.

They will discuss the current vehicle data landscape within the auto industry, highlight the steps needed to ensure a level playing field and a healthy aftermarket ecosystem and express what consumers can do to demand access and control of their vehicle data. The panel discussion will be held on 6 November on the Let’s Tech stage at AAPEX.

In the Technology of Tomorrow section, the Auto Care Association will demonstrate implementation of recently approved international standards, showing that direct, local access to vehicle data can be secure, safe and authorised by vehicle owners.

In the Sands Expo, Parts Plus and “Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice.” will present Clay Millican, six-time Top Fuel World Champion in front of the sponsored campaign wall. Millican will invite attendees to take photos with his dragster.

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AAPEX is asking all attendees to sign the petition in support of access to vehicle data, either at the show or at https://yourcaryourdata.org/.

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