Delphi Product & Service Solutions (DPSS) announced the company is the winner of the first Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) Aftermarket Telematics Challenge. The announcement was made at this week’s Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.
The connected car solution developed by DPSS through an exclusive partnering agreement with Aftermarket Telematics Technologies, LLC (ATT) was selected based on how it links consumers to the independent aftermarket service channel, as well as supports the independent car care and traditional parts distribution models.
"Telematics not only helps improve vehicle performance and safety, but can contribute in driving the parts business," said Lúcia Veiga Moretti, president, DPSS. "Telematics connects the car owners to repair shops, distributors, manufacturers, fleet customers, and other industries increasing business loyalty and shop profitability. It’s an evolution of the aftermarket business model."
The AAIA Aftermarket Telematics Challenge identifies and recognizes the best example of telematics available in the independent aftermarket. The DPSS Connected Car Telematics Solution, powered by ATT’s suite of software solutions, offers consumers the features and benefits of a connected-car experience without purchasing a new vehicle equipped with OE-embedded telematics technology. It also equips the independent aftermarket with capabilities to compete in the connected car care market.
"Delphi with ATT demonstrated a carefully executed solution offering value and benefits to every link in the service chain from the parts manufacturer to the consumer," said Scott Luckett, chief information officer, AAIA. "In fact, the solution succeeds in educating consumers to the benefits of regular vehicle maintenance. A knowledgeable and informed consumer is likely to be a better customer of the independent aftermarket."
The connected car telematics solution is connected to the vehicle through an OBDII plug-in device engineered by Delphi. The device has been successfully road-tested over 50 million miles in tens of thousands of vehicles. ATT provides the vehicle owner and service operator a web interface to view vehicle history and alerts as well as access parts and service information from Delphi.
DPSS was also recently the recipient of its first Automechanika Frankfurt Innovation Award at the September global exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. DPSS telematics won in the Systems Category.
Representatives of Delphi and ATT will present an overview of the connected car solution at the AAPEX Learning Seminar, "Yes, the Aftermarket CAN do Telematics," Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. in the Marco Polo meeting rooms of the Venetian Hotel. Representatives are also available in the Delphi booth at AAPEX during show hours, #5028 in the Sands Expo Center.