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Verizon wins 2013 Aftermarket Telematics Challenge

Verizon Telematics (formerly Hughes Telematics) was named as the winner of the 2013 Aftermarket Telematics Challenge by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). The competition, sponsored by AAIA, serves to identify and recognize the best example of connected-vehicle technology that can be fitted to vehicles in the aftermarket. The Verizon In-Drive system offers consumers a choice of telematics services including safety and security; vehicle operation data; navigation; roadside assistance; diagnostics and service reminders.

In announcing the winner of the Telematics Challenge at AAPEX in Las Vegas, AAIA chief information officer, Scott Luckett explained, “nearly 160 million vehicles, 1996 and later, are equipped with a diagnostic port that can accept an aftermarket telematics upgrade. Consumers crave connectivity in their lives, including their time behind the wheel. The Verizon In-Drive system delivers a rich suite of convenience, security and vehicle management features without the need to buy a new vehicle with the “technology” package”.

Eric Berkobin, vice president of engineering for Verizon Telematics, will be on hand at the AAPEX Learning Forum on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 9:00 am to explain how the In-Drive system can benefit the aftermarket service channel. The session, Aftermarket Telematics: Separating Fact from Fiction will also include Scott Luckett, AAIA CIO, and Roger Lanctot, associate director in the global automotive practice of Strategy Analytics.

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