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WHAT WILL AUTONOMOUS CARS MEAN FOR GARAGES?

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WHAT WILL AUTONOMOUS CARS MEAN FOR GARAGES?


Euro Car Parts CEO Martin Gray

We live in a time of regular announcements about trials of connected autonomous vehicles as manufacturers race to be first to offer self-driving cars. And the government, Automotive Council UK and other bodies are fully committed to making sure the UK is at the forefront of autonomous technology, with a supply chain able to deliver it.

While we may be a few years from when cars will drive occupants to their destination, one thing is for sure; modern cars are getting ever more sophisticated. Indeed, some automotive observers have remarked there will be more technological change in the next 10 years than there has been in the past 100.

In fact, connected technology is already with us, with such systems as adaptive cruise control, automated city braking and lane departure – a sign that Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are growing in number and intricacy. Even simple components, such as automatic full beam units, require technicians to acquire new skills and garages to invest in new equipment to replace windscreens, because systems need re-calibrating before returning a car to its owner.

Cars are also sophisticated in the way they alert a service is due and help an owner identify and reach the nearest garage to book an appointment. This is the brave new world made possible by the major advances in technology and presents a host of new business opportunities for the independent garage.

Consumers deserve and need choice in the market place and the aftermarket sector can continue to provide a great value, high quality, customer- focused solution in a technologically-changing world. With the right training and investing in key equipment, independents can realise a new range of business options.

“That’s why no matter how sophisticated the modern car will become with autonomous abilities, the essential nature of servicing and maintenance required remains the same. That’s why an entrepreneurial approach and ‘can do’ attitude mean the connected car of tomorrow will be welcomed at the forward-thinking independent garage of today.”

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VALEO ACQUIRES GERMAN START-UP

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VALEO ACQUIRES GERMAN START-UP


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Automotive parts supplier Valeo has announced the acquisition of Gestigon – a German start-up company specialising in vehicle cabin 3D image processing software. Terms of the deal are yet to be disclosed.

The firm said the joint venture will prove a valuable asset to Valeo’s automated drive strategy, allowing the company to further develop its cabin comfort and driver assistance operations. The parts manufacturer also plans to utilise Gestigon’s software to provide a comprehensive offering of object and occupant detection features for autonomous and connected cars in the future.

“We are delighted to welcome gestigon to the Valeo community,” said Marc Vrecko, head of Valeo’s Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems Business Group. “By combining our skills in a larger team, we will sharpen our edge and reinforce our leadership in autonomous and connected cars.”

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