CRA New Technology Explored

AutoNation USA said it would eventually use the SiriusXM Automatic connected car service to recommend its own collision centres when the technology detects a crash.

Automatic combines an OBD-II plugin and smartphone app to offer connected car services on most cars dating back to 1996 — regardless of whether the vehicle contains native OEM technology like OnStar. It offers maintenance reminders based on mileage, notifies customers of recalls, explains what a check engine light means and notifies loved ones and first responders if a significant collision is detected.

AutoNation’s partnership with SiriusXM already gives it a leg up on capturing keys for mechanical service and repair work — users can schedule a visit to a shop through the app. The collision system could give it a leg up on capturing auto body repair work too.

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