Auto Care Association and ETI announce 4th Annual Aftermarket Telematics Challenge

Bethesda, Md.—The Auto Care Association and the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Aftermarket Telematics Challenge. Now in its fourth year, the challenge seeks to recognize the best examples of aftermarket technology in telematics. It is the first year the challenge is being co-sponsored by ETI.

“The Auto Care Association established the Telematics Challenge in 2012 to demonstrate that the auto care industry can provide the technology and solutions today for vehicle telematics,” said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “We are pleased this year to partner with ETI, an organization which has shown tremendous leadership in the development of aftermarket solutions for vehicle telematics.”

“ETI is honored to be part of this award,” said Greg Potter, executive manager, ETI. “The Auto Care Association has been visionary in the automotive telematics realm and we are excited to be involved with the promotion of this challenge. We see the telematics initiative as a very big task for ETI members and the aftermarket as a whole in the coming years and there will be many challenges and opportunities along the way.”

The selection criteria for the Challenge are:

• The product or solution must serve the interests of independent automotive service retailers.

• The product or solution must protect the right of consumers to choose where the information from their vehicle and their driving behavior is sent.

• Neither Auto Care Association nor ETI membership are required for selection.

Applications for the award must be received by Friday, Oct. 2. The winner will be announced at AAPEX and the winning entry will have a $10,000 scholarship awarded in their name to the Aftermarket Foundation.

An application can be found at www.autocare.org.

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