Connected cars will bring many changes
As increasing numbers of new vehicles come with built-in connectivity and wi-fi hotspots, vehicle manufacturers will have 24/7 access to their vehicles. The carmakers will know where their vehicles are, how well they are running, and whether they need to be serviced or repaired. How will this affect your shop and its operations?
Vehicles use a huge amount of software to run their systems, and that software needs updating from time to time. As Tesla has demonstrated, connected cars can receive over-the-air software updates at any time of the day or night. These updates have been used to upgrade performance, add features, and fix previously-identified problems. Other manufacturers are following Tesla’s lead and are introducing new models with these capabilities. Eventually, all automotive software will be updated this way.
That’s just one aspect of what connected cars are capable of. Here are some others:
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RepairPal has installed processes to support the unique needs of MSOs. MSOs leverage our web traffic to draw new customers to their website and connect with nationally recognized companies through our partner programs.
In order to help MSOs reach their goals, we...