EV/AV Report: July 25, 2022

Toronto, Ontario — In this week’s electric and autonomous vehicles report, Tesla hits a self-driving milestone after settling in a German lawsuit, Ford and Baidu unveil autonomous cars without steering wheels and a Deloitte report suggests that tomorrow’s cars are vulnerable to hacking attacks – who knew? Clocked In Tesla celebrates 35 million miles driven […]

High Noon: Texas proposes bounty hunting vehicles parked in bike lanes

Austin, Texas — Officials in Texas are proposing a new law turning local cyclists into potential bounty hunters: thankfully, they’re more bicycle-dad than desperado. Dubbed the Bike Blockage Program, cyclists who report vehicles obstructing bike lanes are entitled to a quarter of the revenue collected from vehicles hit with citations. Under current city ordnance, cars […]

All American: Porsche unveils 50s-style 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Stuttgart, Germany — Porsche announced a new luxury vehicle for lovers of classic Americana on Monday—diners, apple pie and the 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, America Edition. The design echoes its 1952 predecessor designed for the North American market—open-topped, with rear-wheel-drive and seven-speed manual transmission. Those who want this car for its on-road performance […]

Heavy Learning: HD Repair Forum announces education lineup for in-person event

Fort Worth, Texas — This year’s Heavy Duty (HD) Repair Forum will focus on the impact of new vehicle technology and prepare the heavy- and medium-duty collision repair industry for the increasing number of electrified and ADAS-equipped vehicles on the road today. It is scheduled for April 5-6 at the Hilton in Fort Worth, Texas. […]

Consolidation Craze: Vincent Romans predicts aggressive consolidation 

Las Vegas, Nevada ⁠— Vincent Romans says he’s seen more independent collision repairers considering selling their business than ever before, he told audiences at the MSO Symposium at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay on Monday. The managing partner of the Romans Group and publisher of an annual whitepaper on the U.S. and Canadian collision industries spoke […]

Balance the Books: Massachusetts high court rules auto insurers must pay for inherent diminished value

Boston, Massachusetts ⁠— Auto insurers operating in Massachusetts, U.S. are now required to compensate third-party claimants for any lost value of a vehicle post-collision, even after repairs are made. According to a Claims Journal report, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that standard auto policies issued in Massachusetts require compensation for “inherent diminished value.” “Because […]

Beyond the Border: U.S. President Joe Biden unveils new vaccine measures

Washington, D.C. — United States President Joe Biden has announced new vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers and health care staff, directing the nation’s Labor Department to require all businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are either vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested for the virus once a week. The new […]

Biden Buys In: U.S. President shows support for the ‘Right to Repair’ campaign.

Washington, D.C. — United States President Joe Biden has shown his support of the ‘Right to Repair’ campaign by signing an executive order late last week that would prohibit anti-competitive restrictions that prohibit consumers freedoms when it comes to their data and repairing their vehicle where they want to.  President of the Auto Care Association, […]