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Kim Hazelbaker of the Highway Loss Data Institute will answer the question, “Is New Vehicle Technology Endangering Your Business?”
According to some in the popular press, the age of autonomous vehicles is almost here and they promise a crash-free future. The question for many in the industry is whether a roadway filled with self-driving cars is really that close, and what will that mean for repair businesses that could be impacted by a speculated decline in vehicle damage occurrences?
To help decipher the emerging trends in vehicle technology and how those vehicle design features will truly impact the industry, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has announced that it will be hosting an additional Repairer Driven Education (RDE) session at the SEMA Show this fall. The session, "Is New Vehicle Technology Endangering Your Business?", will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 30, by Kim Hazelbaker, senior vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).
This session, which will be free to all pre-registered attendees, will look at the current state of vehicle advancements, both crashworthiness and crash avoidance technologies. Through extensive use of crash test video and real world results, Hazelbaker will outline the state-of-the-art in safety today and how it’s rapidly changing. Using timelines for the adoption of other automotive technologies, he will suggest what the pace of change might be in the future.
"SCRS understands that the industry gathers at annual events like SCRS’s RDE series and the SEMA Show to acquire information that can help them run their businesses and forecast how they need to adapt to remain relevant," says SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg. "The dramatic pace at which
we’re seeing new technology, and understanding the impact that technology has on our businesses, is perhaps one of the most critical pieces of information our members need to ensure the success of their businesses. We’re thrilled that we could partner with Mr. Hazelbaker and his well-respected organization to develop a customized presentation that spoke to such a critical industry topic."