Shaftec has been ranked number one in the UK for coverage across its product groups: transmission, steering, and braking. The aftermarket supplier has also achieved TecDoc Premier Supplier status (PDS).
Goodyear has integrated its data into a third-party system in its tyre management solutions for the Off-The-Road (OTR) industry with the Hiboo platform. By adding data yielded from Goodyear TPMS Heavy Duty, users of the platform can access unified tyre health and vehicle performance analytics. Goodyear says the integration helps drive OTR fleet’s operational efficiency. Unexpected machine stoppages and inappropriate tyre pressure can easily lead to breakdowns, which incur heavy costs in any segment – even more so in OTR applications, where access to maintenance and replacement products can be more challenging than in on-road commercial applications. The manufacturer says that the key to supporting these demands lies in harnessing the power of data integration proactively to enable more preventative maintenance.
At the end of May, Cybersecurity Researcher, Jeremiah Fowler, announced that he had discovered “a non-password protected database that contained over a million customer records.” They were SimpleTire customer order confirmations, which – according to Fowler – “exposed…the customer’s name, phone number, physical address and partial credit card number with expiration dates.”
Alldata Europe is hosting a panel of industry experts to discuss the significance and impact of access to vehicle manufacturer data at Automechanika Birmingham 2023 in June. Specifically, Alldata UK sales director, Simon Frost; and technical support specialist, Steve Derham, will welcome: Dave Shepherd – founder and director of The Cognoscenti Partnership Limited; Tim Benson – Independent garage owner, Oldfields Garage; and James Dillon – founder Technical Topics. The theme is “Remove the guesswork”.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. joined the non-profit association GDSO (Global Data Service Organisation for Tyres and Automotive Components) in January 2023 and is now contributing towards industry-wide efforts to establish a means of and standard for identifying, managing and transferring data from individual tyres.
Philip Slater has been appointed by Repairify as international product manager to expand its overseas markets and “enter new territories with its portfolio of advanced vehicle diagnostic and calibration technology”.
Garage Hive has launched a new data website called Garage Industry Trends. The garage management system’s managing director Ray Dilsons introduced the new site during his keynote address to a group of 230 customer and industry delegates attending The Blend 2022 conference at Birmingham’s Eastside Rooms on 17 September. The new service uses aggregated data from Garage Hive customers that have opted in to create key performance metrics in real-time. Garage Hive says more than 80 customers signed up to share anonymised data during the conference and in the subsequent week.
On 18 September, China Customs announced national export data for August. During the month, China exported 48.23 million sets of new pneumatic rubber tyres, down 8.9 per cent year-on-year. The weight of these tyres was 650,000 tons, an increase of 2.7 per cent. The export value reached 11.4 billion yuan (about 1.4 billion pounds, 1.6 billion euros), an increase of 15.3 per cent.
Independent garages can now register any restrictions they face on access to vehicle manufacturer repair and maintenance information with a new form produced by UK AFCAR.
UK AFCAR is working to ensure the rights of the independent aftermarket are upheld in the post-Brexit era; specifically to enable all multi-brand operators to be able to access technical information, supply spare parts of matching quality to original equipment (OE) parts, and perform service, maintenance and repair (SMR) – with which to provide vehicle owners with a choice of the supply of repair and maintenance services as part of an open, competitive, and transparent marketplace.
While DVSA data suggests there will be another Autumn/Winter MOT demand peak this year following last years extension related mini-boom, the fleet sector was not part of it in September 2021. According to fleet system provider epyx, there was no substantial jump in the number of fleet MOT tests undertaken during September, despite warnings that deferrals made during the pandemic could lead to massive demand.
Such is brake manufacturer TMD Friction’s emphasis on the strategic significance of its data quality, for more than over 10 years it has taked a specialised data team to continuously improving product and catalogue data. To this end, TecAlliance supports TMD Friction in ensuring that optimal product and catalogue data is available at points of service worldwide, supporting sustainable business success. As a founding member and shareholder of TecAlliance, TMD Friction relies on the know-how and support of TecAlliance teams worldwide for optimal data management.
Bridgestone has announced that it has developed an integrated TPMS system for its Webfleet predictive tyre maintenance and fleet management system. Designed for heavy commercial vehicles, such as trucks and buses, Webfleet TPMS “utilises sensors that continuously monitor tyre pressure levels and tyre temperature”.
The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) recently participated in the European Commission (EC) “access to in-vehicle data” workshop. Thanking the EC for the chance to contribute to such a strategic topic for the automotive industry, the ETRMA called on the EC to publish “an ambitious legislative proposal on access to in-vehicle data” in the first quarter of 2022.
Brake manufacturer Brembo is opening a “Brembo Inspiration Lab” in California’s Silicon Valley (USA) to strengthen the company’s “expertise in software development, data science and artificial intelligence.” The Brembo Inspiration Lab is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2021. No details of the associated investment have yet been released.
Michelin is partnering with Arity, a mobility and data analytics company founded by American insurance company The Allstate Corporation, to develop data-powered solutions for transportation departments and city authorities, with the aim of improving road safety across the USA. This partnership will combine the expertise of Michelin Driving Data to Intelligence (DDI), who are the Michelin Group’s in-house data analysis boffins, with Arity’s database. This database, which contains nearly 100 million consumer connections, is said to be the largest repository of driving behaviour data in the world.