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Association Heads To Address Data Access At Vision Conference

MEMA president and CEO Bill Long and Auto Care Association president and CEO Bill Hanvey will address the upcoming AASA Vision Conference on the topic of freedom of choice and access to data. Their discussion will address the current legal landscape, what the associations are doing, and strategies designed to preserve motorists’ freedom of choice for vehicle maintenance and repairs and with what components he or she chooses. The association leaders will be joined by Sarah Bruno of Arent Fox.

“We will share the results of research conducted by Arent Fox, MEMA’s legal counsel for more than 30 years, assessing the current legal framework relative to vehicle software, data ownership and privacy, and fair competition to gain a better understanding of potential barriers and/or helpful precedent toward solidifying freedom of choice and data access,” Long said. “Similarly, we are delighted to combine forces with the Auto Care Association and be joined by Bill Hanvey, who will share developments in the Massachusetts ‘Right-to-Repair’ legislation and our shared view of the secure vehicle interface solution.”

“The Auto Care Association believes car owners should have the right to access and control their own vehicle data, and we’re fighting to put car data back where it belongs: in the hands of car owners,” Hanvey said. “This opportunity to join with AASA in an open discussion of motorists’ freedom of choice and access to data will be critical in educating and moving the industry forward on these important issues.”

The AASA Vision Conference opens Tuesday, April 2 with a networking reception at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. The conference convenes the following morning at The Henry (also in Dearborn) with sessions examining such topics as …
• “The ‘New Retail’ Future of the Aftermarket (And How to Win).”
• “The Great Tariff Debate.”
• “How the Aftermarket Will Unfold in 2019-’20.”
• “Repairing High-Tech Vehicles.”

The conference will close with an AASA member-only segment that will feature Mark Finestone, executive vice president of merchandising for AutoZone Inc., as the “Customer Spotlight” speaker and a presentation by Adam Goetsch, director of automotive for Amazon.

For more information about the Vision Conference, visit aasavision.org.

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