The annual AASA Mobility Innovation Conference recently took place virtually over three days, from Oct. 20-22.
The programming on Oct. 20 focused on the latest updates regarding vehicle data access technologies. After opening comments from Paul McCarthy, president of AASA, the conference began with a session focusing on Secure Vehicle Interface (SVI) featuring Auto Care Association’s model for how vehicle data can be accessed from current and future vehicles. The following session focused on Europe’s technologies and platforms and featured Schaeffler Group’s Jan van de Werff, head of strategy and business development Europe and Sebastian Spitzer, digital innovation manager.
The programming on Oct. 21 focused on securing the “right to connect.” Susan Pase, special initiatives advisor for the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, and Frank Schlehuber, senior consultant market affairs, CLEPA, discussed safe and secure access. Schlehuber, Aaron Lowe, senior vice president regulatory and government affairs for the Auto Care Association, and Catherine Boland, vice president government affairs, Motor & Equipment Manufacturing Association discussed the political battle over access to data in Europe and the U.S. The closing session featured Bruce Harrison, managing director, North America automotive consulting, IHS Markit in a session about the future of electrification.
The programming on Oct. 22 focused on emerging technology. Rob Minton, associate vice president, connected car business development, Geotab, opened the day with a session focused on telematics and fleet management. Dan Smith, CEO, Capstone Financial, explored the changing focus of emerging automotive technology suppliers in the wake of a new emphasis on data.