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60 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2019 W hen we look at the technology that surrounds our businesses, it's easy to see just how quickly things are moving. Staying on top of new technology is tough enough—but, in addition, we are often tasked with keeping up with car- makers and how they continue to make it more and more difficult to integrate aftermarket technology into new vehicles. My understanding from speaking directly with OEM management is that they don't necessarily want to inhibit our growth and success as aftermarket providers. They are, however, mostly concerned and dialed- in to the dangers and, more importantly, the challenges of protecting vehicles from worldwide hackers. Tesla is a good example of what the future will look like, as its new vehicles are essen- tially computers on wheels. It's important for our industry to embrace e Path to Smart Cities Today's technologies are the building blocks for future connectivity. The ADAS Forum at AAPEX 2019 in Las Vegas will help prepare automotive service professionals for the opportunities and challenges of servicing ADAS- equipped vehicles. (Photo courtesy AAPEX) Advanced technologies will be integrated in projects like Bleutech Park Las Vegas, which is exploring concepts as diverse as footsteps creating energy, transparent colorful photovoltaic glass for build- ing structures and fully autonomous AI robots for security and technologies delivering innovative threat detection and counter-terrorism solutions. (Photo courtesy Bleutech Park Las Vegas) By Jared Cohen

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