The National Transportation Safety Board's finding that Tesla's Autopilot shares the blame for a fatal crash with a truck in Florida last year underscores the need for Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards covering automated driver assistance technologies, Consumer Watchdog said Sept. 12.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:52

CREF Fundraiser Co-Hosted by PPG Raises $120,000

The annual Collision Repair Education Foundation industry fundraiser, co-hosted by the automotive refinish business unit of PPG, raised $120,000 through the support of attendees and sponsors.

On August 30, 180BIZ’s Rick White taught a one-hour webinar on “The ABCs of Employee Retention,” during which 25 collision repair industry professionals learned some helpful tips on retaining good employees. 

An attorney for dozens of auto body shops nationwide said he expects the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ favorable ruling Sept. 7 will lead even more collision repairers from as yet unrepresented states to join the sweeping multidistrict steering and antitrust case against the nation’s largest auto insurers.

As the industry and mainstream media report on increasing challenges related to shortages of skilled tradespeople, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), the March Taylor Memorial Fund (MTMF) and Snap-on are working to make sure that those entering into the collision repair industry---and working hard to excel in it---are both recognized and rewarded for their efforts.

Monday, 11 September 2017 20:09

House OKs Bill to Allow Thousands of Self-Driving Cars

Written by Keith Laing, Detroit News Washington Bureau

Automakers would each be allowed to operate up to 100,000 self-driving cars per year on U.S. roads, and states would be prevented from passing laws to prevent them from doing so under a bill that was approved Sept. 6 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

This summer, CCC Information Services defended the dramatic changes that the shift to CCC’s “Secure Share” system will bring to the industry, calling it necessary for data security, a step forward for the industry, and reasonably priced.

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OEConnection LLC (OEC) distribution networks recently announced the issuance of US Patent No. 9,747,481.

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is committed to working with all industry segments to deliver aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its “Collision Student of the Year” award. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 22, 2017.

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