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Day 1 of ADAPT Summit Showcases Cross-Industry Insight

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Sept. 27, 2022—The first day of the 2022 ADAPT: Automotive Technology Summit on Sept. 24 brought together attendees from many different areas of the automotive aftermarket to talk about trends and technology worth paying attention to across the industry. 

The day kicked off with an opening keynote from Mike Buzzard, a partner at Schwartz Advisors. You can read more about the topics he covered in his address here.  


Securing High-Tech Repairs


The Securing High-Tech Repairs panel followed Buzzard's keynote and was moderated by Mike Anderson of Collision Advice. The panelists included Darrell Amberson and Jason Zeise of LaMettry's Collision, Paul McCarthy of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and Mike Tanner of the Auto Care Association. 

The panelists dove into authorized customer data access, how customer data is used and where that data is stored in the vehicle, how to be aware of hacking vulnerabilities and more. All of the panelists agreed that some of the best strategies for staying up-to-date on high-tech repairs include attending conferences, networking and reading trade publications. 


Electric Vehicles


A presentation about electric vehicles came next, and was led by Ben Johnson of Mitchell 1. Johnson spoke about the rise of EV prominence and the many forms it can take, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, BEVs and even Fuel Cell electric vehicles. 

Johnson advised attendees to prioritize training, work to know and understand electric vehicle maintenance, know their shop's lift points, understand the PPE required for high voltage repairs and get to know the service information that is available. He stressed that a rise in EVs does not mean a complete end to the industry as we know it, even if it feels overwhelming. 

"How many times have we heard, 'The aftermarket is doomed?'" Johnson asked the audience. 


Advances in ADAS


After Johnson's presentation, a panel about Advances in ADAS took to the stage. It was moderated by Trish Serratore of ASE. The panelists were Chris Chesney of Repairify, Mike Tanner of the Auto Care Association and Ben Johnson of Mitchell 1. 

This vast conversation hit on a variety of ADAS-related topics, such as the fact that there are only a few companies that build the majority of these components and there are many more automakers than that. 

The through lines of reading and utilizing service information as well as taking advantage of training opportunities were consistently brought up during the discussion. 

"The industry needs to come together from the standpoint of being disciplined," said Chesney in reference to ADAS training procedures. 

The ADAPT: Automotive Technology Summit ran Sept. 24 through Sept. 25 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. 

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