CAM is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month by committing to continue investment £1.5 million of investment a year in research and development design to “keep the tyre industry connected” and help “amplify its growth into the future”.
Since its inception in 1981 by founders Trevor Allen and Len Miller, CAM has expanded to be the primary tyre solutions provider for 19 of the UK’s top 25 tyre wholesalers, and 16 of the UK’s top 25 tyre retailers have chosen CAM products to manage their tyre systems.
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.
Halfords has entered the B2B software market by making American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) the first customer of Halfords’ Avayler proprietary software which streamlines “service delivery for companies that operate in multiple locations.” According to Halfords, the Avayler platform will underpin ATD’s operations, supplying tyres to 80,000 garages across the US. ATD will also be the exclusive provider of the Avayler Mobile platform to the North American automotive market. ATD is one of the largest independent suppliers of tyres in the US replacement market and the part owner of Tirebuyer.com (which was established by blackcircles.com founder Mike Welch). No price details associated with the sale of the Avayler software system to ATD have yet been disclosed.
At the start of November 2020, TyreOps officially launched its web and app-based tyre software solution. Seven months later, TyreOps is just about to come out of beta testing and has eight customers and several more prospects.
ClearCourse Partnership LLP, a group of technology companies providing software solutions, has acquired Garage Data Systems (GDS). GDS creates business software for motor trade professionals across the UK and Ireland. This deal represents the 23rd company acquired by ClearCourse, and the first in the motor industry. No financial terms of the acquisition have been released.
Nexion SpA has agreed to acquire Kompunet Informatica, a leading software and data provider in the automotive sector. As a result, Kompunet will become part of the Nexion Group. Kompunet CEO Antonio Russo will remain in the group carrying out the Kompunet projects.
Hella might be best known for its bulbs and ADAS, but the international automotive has announced that it expanding its global software competencies with a new Global Software House. Hella currently employs around 2,000 software experts worldwide, particularly in the field of embedded software in functional development for radar sensors, battery and steering electronics and lighting control, for example.
Nokian Tyres has launched the Intuitu agricultural tyre monitoring system (introduced at Agritechnica 2019) in Finland. Nokian Tyres Intuitu uses sensor-equipped smart tyres and a smartphone app to get tyre pressure and temperature data on your phone. Nokian Tyres has launched the Intuitu agricultural tyre monitoring system (introduced at Agritechnica 2019) in Finland. Nokian Tyres Intuitu uses sensor-equipped smart tyres and a smartphone app to get tyre pressure and temperature data on your phone.
Following a pilot with selected customers, diagnostic software specialists Softing has launched the latest version of its diagnostic tool set – Softing DTS 9. According to the company, new functionalities enable even faster and more cost-efficient diagnostic development. This, in turn, is said to meet the needs of the growing complexity of E/E architectures and shorter product development cycles. Indeed, Softing reports that DTS.monaco makes it possible for developers, engineers and technicians to create consistent diagnostic functions and sequences on the basis of international standards and to ensure that diagnostic communication works reliably over the entire value chain.
Rockwell Automation, Inc. and PTC have announced strategic enhancements to the FactoryTalk InnovationSuite and used in factories around the world – including automotive and tyre operations. Launched in 2018, the FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, has reportedly seen “rapid customer adoption, helping achieve significant improvements in operational efficiency, reduction in unplanned downtime and improved quality.”
ATEQ has released a software update for its VT36, VT46 (including branded versions), VT55 and VT56 models. The update includes new and updated vehicle models, OE-sensor and relearn information and new Aftermarket sensors:
Hamaton’s latest TPMS sensor generation, the EU-Pro Hybrid 3.5 possesses a technologically advanced feature – a multiprotocol app. According to the company, the multiprotocol-app contains pre-programmed protocols for many popular German vehicles, including BMW, Mercedes and Smart. Sensors come ready to install – additional programming isn’t necessary. Therefore, garages can dramatically reduce the time it takes to fit sensors, which will be hugely beneficial during busy tyre changeover seasons.
Autodata will be showcasing its latest developments at Equip Auto 2019, the international trade show for the automotive aftermarket. Visitors to the stand will be welcomed by Autodata’s team of experts, who will be on hand to demonstrate the latest features and answer any questions they may have on the products.
Volkswagen AG intends to group more than 5,000 digital experts together in its new “Car.Software” unit with Group responsibility for software in the vehicle by 2025. The company plans to develop significantly more software in the car and for vehicle-related services itself and to boost the in-house share of software development from the current figure of less than 10 per cent to at least 60 per cent by 2025.