IAAF Campaigns for fair access to in-vehicle data

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation, IAAF, has added its voice to a large coalition representing the automotive aftermarket in Europe, including FIGIEFA, which is calling on the European Union to take on board a proposal for a Secure On-board Telematics Platform (S-OTP) – which will allow access for independent service providers.

Following the UK’s withdrawal of the EU, the IAAF is working alongside other federations in bringing the campaign to the attention of the UK government.

The intention of the S-OTP is to ensure that motorists can still choose their service providers, many of them SMEs, to benefit from innovative, competitive and affordable services and products. To do so, service providers have to be able to compete with all stakeholders, some of whom might be tempted to act as “gatekeepers” through proprietary access methods to in-vehicle data.

FIGIEFA said it is the only solution guaranteeing true consumer choice, effective competition and independent entrepreneurship in a secure and technology-neutral manner.

In the detailed document, publishers of technical information, body repairers, dealers and workshops, garage equipment suppliers, tyre manufacturers, recovery companies, parts distributors and leasing companies, as well as consumers, provide technical and commercial arguments supporting their recommendation.

With the advent of the connected car, competition now starts in the vehicle where the ability to safely and securely access car data, functions and resources determines the quality of the service.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “For many years now, it has been proven that a standardised interoperable telematics platform can be safe, robust and secure. IAAF
will continue to campaign and lobby the UK government, highlighting that the current in-vehicle access platforms – controlled and operated by the vehicle manufacturers – restricts businesses from embracing digital opportunities, and jeopardises consumer choice, innovation and a growing economy.”

Walkers Garage starts the year in style with £1,000 prize

Walkers Garage, based in South Otterington near Northallerton, is celebrating after being named the national winner of the Ring Golden Bulb Grand Prize, which will see the company receive more than £1,000 worth of workshop equipment and accessories.

The Golden Bulb Campaign, hosted by Ring the vehicle lighting, workshop equipment and vehicle accessories supplier to the aftermarket, launched in August and attracted hundreds of entries from workshops and garages throughout the country.

The prize package for Walkers Garage includes inspection lights, battery care equipment, vehicle lighting and accessories including dash cameras.

Service Manager at Walkers Garage, Steve Shaw, comments: “I am both delighted and still coming to terms with actually winning something, I am usually one of those people that never does. I had to speak to our local motor factor to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood. I can’t believe we have all of this Ring equipment free, it’s going to really support the technicians that work here.”

Marketing Manager at Ring, Henry Bisson, comments: “With faulty bulbs up there as one of the main reasons for vehicles failing an MOT, we know that mechanics fit plenty of them. With that in mind, we came up with the Golden Bulb campaign to make this everyday task a little more exciting and to say thank you to our loyal customers for choosing to fit Ring.

He adds: “We are really pleased with the response from the Golden Bulb campaign. Steve and the team at Walkers Garage are worthy winners and we know that they will be putting the equipment to good use.”

The prize is part of a wider campaign which has seen hundreds of golden tickets feature in the Ring H7 bulb boxes giving vehicle owners and garage technicians the chance to win individual prizes.  

Pagid ‘Screen Icons’ 2017 campaign

Pagid has launched a year-long campaign that will run throughout 2017. ‘Pagid Screen Icons’ celebrates the greatest cars from television and the silver screen within a new calendar, plus there are huge giveaways to come throughout the year.

The new calendar for 2017 features the likes of the DeLorean DMC 12 from ‘Back to the Future’, the Aston Martin DB10 from ‘Spectre’, and the Ford Mustang from ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’.

All the images have been hand sketched and these beautiful, one-off prints can now be won in competitions running on Pagid’s social feeds every month. Follow @PagidUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to be in with a chance of winning a limited-edition framed print and share your favourites with #PagidScreenIcons.

Customers who share, like or comment on their favourite Pagid Screen Icon on Facebook or Twitter, will be entered into two prize draws throughout the year to win big prizes. These include the chance to win an adrenaline-fuelled rallying experience at Silverstone and the opportunity to play 007 himself, which includes a luxury break and an Aston Martin DB9 driving experience.

Discussing Pagid Screen Icons, Sadie Jonas, Business Development Manager for Pagid, said: “Pagid isn’t just a brand that allows people to get from A to B safely, we pride ourselves in creating a product fit for the road trip of a lifetime. This passion for driving is seen in the screen icons we have chosen in our beautiful new calendar.

“But we didn’t want to stop at simply giving away our limited-edition prints. This year, we are offering the chance for Pagid customers to have driving experiences of a lifetime that will bring to life the iconic cars they have seen on the screen, in the most personal way.”

Pagid customers can find out more and enter the monthly social competitions and larger prize draws on Twitter or Facebook by following @PagidUK.

The 2017 Pagid Screen Icons calendar is available upon request from pagidprofessional.co.uk/screenicons