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CALIBRATION COLLABORATION

AirPro Diagnostics and Car ADAS Solutions announced the establishment of a collaboration to deliver turn-key calibration solutions for shops to include set-up, training, implementation, support, and validation of calibration services. Whether shops want to become a retail calibration centre or calibrate the vehicles they currently repair, this partnership will deliver for collision repairers all across the U.S. and Canada.

While ADAS technology and properly repairing the calibrating vehicles has been a growing concern for the industry, AirPro and Car ADAS Solutions are the first in the industry to provide a complete solution for repairers to properly perform calibrations in-house. Together AirPro and Car ADAS Solutions will assist shops in becoming ADAS calibration experts, by providing training and a network of experts to continuously support them along the way. As a result of this collaboration, AirPro will be the first remote diagnostic provider to offer a start to finish solution for ADAS calibrations to the industry as a whole.

ELECTING ELECTRIC

U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he will be converting the entire federal fleet to EVs. The U.S. federal fleet is made up of more than 645,000 vehicles: 245,000 civilian vehicles, 173,000 military vehicles, and 225,000 post office vehicles, according to Electrek. A timeline has yet to be announced, but Biden said the vehicles will be electric and American-made.

SHEILDS UP

A new facility out of the University of Windsor will be the first of its kind in Canada to tackle cybersecurity issues in self-driving vehicles, according to the school. SHIELD Automotive Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence is a space that seeks to understand the vulnerabilities in the hardware and software used in autonomous vehicles. In return, the centre will develop policies and skills to protect the data being collected. One of the centre’s founders and directors Mitra Mirhassani said people “have to be worried,” about the data being collected and the ways in which it could impact them.

NEW YEAR, NEW LOGO

General Motors is debuting a new marketing campaign as part of the company’s comprehensive efforts to accelerate mass adoption of electric vehicles. The “Everybody In” campaign is a call to action meant to reflect a movement that’s inclusive and accessible. The campaign sets an optimistic and inclusive tone for the company’s EV future and focuses on three themes: exciting a new generation of buyers and accelerating EV adoption; demonstrating GM’s EV leadership, which includes the investment of $27 billion in EV and AV products through 2025 and the launches of 30 new EVs globally by the end of 2025; and highlighting the range, performance and flexibility of the Ultium platform.

IN ABP’S ESTIMATION

Solera has announced that its Audatex Estimating platform has been named “best estimating system,” by the Auto Body Professionals Club (ABP) in the United Kingdom—for the 13th consecutive year. The ABP’s annual awards program, “The Night of Knights,” held online this year due to the pandemic, determined the award winners by popular vote from a base of more than 2000 autobody repair shops from around the U.K. ABP members are at the forefront of all that happens in the U.K. autobody repair industry; their vote of confidence validates and underscores Solera’s leading position in the industry.

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