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The Auto Care Association and the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) are accepting applications for the 2015 Aftermarket Telematics Challenge (the Challenge).

Now in its fourth year, the Challenge seeks to recognize the best examples of aftermarket technology in telematics.

This is the first year the Challenge is being co-sponsored by ETI. “The Auto Care Association established the Telematics Challenge in 2012 to demonstrate that the auto care industry can provide the technology and solutions today for vehicle telematics,” says Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO, Auto Care Association.

“We are pleased this year to partner with ETI, an organization which has shown tremendous leadership in the development of aftermarket solutions for vehicle telematics.”

The Auto Care Association has been visionary in the automotive telematics realm, according to Greg Potter, executive manager, ETI.

“We see the telematics initiative as a very big task for ETI members and the aftermarket as a whole in the coming years and there will be many challenges and opportunities along the way.”

The selection criteria for the Challenge are:

 * The product or solution must serve the interests of independent automotive service retailers;

* The product or solution must protect the right of consumers to choose where the information from their vehicle and their driving behavior is sent; and

 * Neither Auto Care Association nor ETI membership are required for selection.

Submissions should include full marketing materials and product information showing how it meets the criteria listed above. Your submission should highlight how your product is being used in the market today to serve the interest of the independent automotive service retails while protecting consumers.

A submission form is available here.

Applications for the award must be received by Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The winner will be announced at the 2015 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) which runs Nov. 3-5 in Las Vegas. The the winning entry will have a $10,000 scholarship awarded in their name to the Aftermarket Foundation.

Founded in 1947, the Equipment and Tool Institute is a trade association of automotive tool and equipment manufacturers and technical information providers. ETI’s mission is to advance the vehicle service industry by providing technical data and open dialog between the manufacturers of transportation products, government regulators and the providers of tools, equipment and service information.  For more information, visit www.etools.org

Based in Bethesda, Md., the Auto Care Association has more than 3,000 member companies that represent some 150,000 independent automotive businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies, and perform vehicle service and repair. For more information, visit www.autocare.org.

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