Connected Car Committee Quarterly Digest for ASCCA Membership Issue #03

Dear ASCCA Members,

The Connected Car Committee is proud to offer its latest digest of news, industry happenings, and recap from our past Connected Car training at the September Team Weekend.

This digest also kicks off our efforts in Cybersecurity guidance.  Stay tuned for more on Cybersecurity and overarching best practices for Connected Cars throughout the year.

Keep your eyes peeled for the **ASCCA member survey** coming soon, to give your input on Connected issues.  Your feedback will direct our committee objectives to make sure we are meeting your needs!

If you have any other feedback, please email us at [email protected]

Carolyn Coquillette
Committee Chair

Latest News

Public Hostility to Waymo

Arizona was the site of a pedestrian fatality due to a self-driving car collision in 2018.  Public hostility to self-driving vehicles has grown, specifically with residents of Arizona neighborhoods where Waymo tests its technology:

US Copyright Office proposes rules for Right to Repair

The new exemptions would be a major win for the Right to Repair movement and give consumers wide latitude to legally repair the devices they own:


Industry Updates


Cybersecurity continues posing a threat not only to auto manufacturers, but the independent repair industry. Following the highly-reported hacking of a Jeep Cherokee in 2015, which resulted in the vehicle’s steering, braking, and other mechanical functions being overtaken by hackers, SAE implemented ​J3138—guidance for manufacturers about how they can protect their OBD port from intrusions. While its implementation was meant to address the very real challenge of protecting our nation’s vehicles from cyber-attacks, Chrysler responded by adding its so-called Secure Gateway Module, equipped on 2018 and later models, which requires OEM authorization before any scan tool can access certain OBD systems.

Read about Chrysler’s Security Gateway Module []

Read about Servicing “Cybersecured” vehicles [Equipment and Tool Institute]

Other vehicle manufacturers may start to limit access to their vehicles, such as clearing codes, flashing modules, and viewing live data.

The aftermarket agrees that it is critical that manufacturers develop a universal security protocol that does not differ from one make to another. NASTF is focused on this outcome; stay tuned for updates as new information is made available.

In addition, NASTF has been focusing on the SDRM 2.0 implementation.

Getting “Service Ready”

The industry continues to intensify its focus on education and career building, to solve the shortage of qualified technicians and ensure we have the knowledge and training to fix increasingly complex vehicle systems, autonomous or no. 

“Building the Road to GREAT Technicians” is a project lead by NASTF with participation from various stakeholders across the Aftermarket.  Rob Morrell, Training Director at WORLDPAC and a member of the ASCCA’s Connected Car Committee, is active in this campaign.


NHTSA defines Automotive Cybersecurity as:

“Cybersecurity, within the context of road vehicles, is the protection of automotive electronic systems, communication networks, control algorithms, software, users, and underlying data from malicious attacks, damage, unauthorized access, or manipulation.”

In 2016 NHTSA created a best practices document entitled, “Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicles”:

Since 2016 cybersecurity technology has continued to change and evolve as rapidly as the technology in cars.

The issue is multilayered: on a high level there is Auto ISAC for all shareholders, then industry committees for both NASTF and SAE, and finally shop level concerns: how you protect yourself, your business, and your customers’ cars at your facility on a daily basis.

The Connected Car Committee has engaged a cybersecurity expert to discuss security issues surrounding our shops and the Connected Car.  Kim Perrin is 20-year veteran of computer security. He is also a former automotive technician.  We had a kickoff call in November where we discussed our need to maintain access to vehicle data and our responsibilities to:

  • prove that we have secure environments and secure tools that can gather and use that data
  • fight for secure data link connections through J3138 and J3146 that allow us access
  • create secure shop networks and guest networks
  • make sure we have a modern router that will securely separate a guest network from a secure shop network
  • maintain data backups and change passwords regularly
  • be proactive not reactive to our shop’s security

The Connected Car Committee will bring you new information on how to keep your shop networks secure and how to protect your customer’s data over the coming year.

We will keep you informed of ASCCA’s efforts to insure that our industry has a seat at the table in cybersecurity discussions with manufacturers. Information access will be critical in maintaining our “right to repair”.

→ Upcoming Chapter Meeting on Cybersecurity

Chapter 42 will host a special presentation, titled “Is Your Shop Safe? IT in Shops in the Age of the Connected Car--Protect Yourself & Your Customers” Wednesday, February 13, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara.  To register for the event, please visit The committee will share a video recording of the presentation with members.

“What can I do right now?” 

  1. Join NASTF.  Support with your membership without having to participate on any committees.
  2. Get your shop cybersecure.  More information to come.
  3. Get your Vehicle Security Credentials
  4. Join

ASCCA Training Event Recap

At the 2018 September Team Weekend the Connected Cars Committee hosted its very first training session, offering attendees an in-depth look at autonomous vehicles and the implications they will have on the automotive repair industry.

The training began with a presentation from Fred Gruner, Principal Hardware Engineer at NVIDIA, a company that develops graphic processing units, which will power autonomous vehicles. Fred provided an overview of the timeline for the different levels of autonomous vehicles, and he discussed the implications that will have on vehicle safety, the car insurance industry, and the aftermarket repair industry as a whole.

The second speaker, Neal Hoffman of Mitchell International, addressed an important question on many members’ minds: what tools are available now to fix the semi-autonomous vehicles already on the road? He gave a demonstration using a Bosch scan tool, used to diagnose several issues in these cars and answered questions on their availability and pricing.

Craig Johnson, a long-time ASCCA member and NASTF board member joined Rob Morrell of WORLDPAC to provide an SAE and NASTF update. They covered SAE’s J3138, J3146 and J2534 service information requests requirements, and the secure data release model (SDRM 2.0). Both Craig Johnson and Rob Morrell encourage EVERY ASCCA member to join NASTF.

The training session ended with a Q&A panel with committee members and presenters.

You can also listen to a recap of the event on the Remarkable Results Radio podcast:

Training Event Calendar

Vision 2019

  • February 28 – March 3, 2019

Convention Center Plaza, Overland Park, KS 66211, USA (map)

Trade Show Friday and Saturday. Donny Seyfer will teach on Saturday. Robots Loose In The Streets - an unconventional class on advanced vehicle technology

To find out more go to:


TMC 2019

  • Mar 18 - 21 2019

Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition is home to trucking’s leading fleet professionals, vehicle manufacturers, and component suppliers. TMC is North America’s premier technical conference for trucking, and it’s an event you simply must attend to stay current on industry practices.

To find out more go to:


ATE Seattle

  • March 22 – 24, 2019

To find out more go to:



  • Mon, April 29, 5am – Wed, May 1, 2019, 4pm

Hilton Charlotte University Place 8629 J.M. Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262

To find out more go to:


NASTF General and Board Meeting

  • Thu, May 2, 2019, 6am – 1pm

Hilton Charlotte University Place 8629 J.M. Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262, United States (map)

To find out more go to:


2019 ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference

  • April 28 - May 1, 2019 | Marriott Tampa Waterside | Tampa, FL

The annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange conference is the largest gathering of catalog professionals and their vendors and solution partners. Attended by most major manufacturers, distributors and parts experts in the automotive content space, the ACPN conference provides a focused and unique opportunity to learn, share best practices, network with peers, and interact with service providers in the content management space. At the ACPN Knowledge Exchange, catalog managers can learn how to develop more accurate catalogs, gain insights on more efficient production processes and become aware of new technology and techniques, which will ultimately help them and their companies sell more products, reduce costs, and increase efficiencies.

To find out more go to:–-knowledge-exchange/


Where Auto Meets IOT: Enabling the Era of Automated Mobility on Demand 

  • May 15-16, 2019 | Santa Clara Convention Center | Santa Clara, CA

Join over 12,000 connected technology and automotive professionals at the most prominent gathering of auto execs in Silicon Valley and beyond. 

To find out more go to:


2019 Paint, Body and Equipment Specialists (PBES) Conference 

  • May 15-17, 2019 | Hard Rock Downtown | San Diego, CA

The PBES Conference brings together the leaders of the automotive aftermarket paint, body and equipment industry for a two-day education conference. 

To find out more go to:,-body-and-equipment-specialists/


TU Auto Detroit

  • Jun 4 – 6, 2019

Suburban Collection Showplace 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374

To find out more go to:


NASTF Technology Fair

  • Thu, June 6, 2019, 4pm – Sat, June 8, 2019, 1pm

Suburban Collection Showplace 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374


AASA Technology Event

  • Sep 29 – Oct 1, 2019

Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 900 S Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432

To find out more go to:


AAPEX 2019

  • Nov 05 - 07 2019

Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, USA

"International exhibition for the automotive industry"

Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) for more than 25 years, AAPEX Show has been the premier global event representing global aftermarket auto parts industry. The show will showcase products like automotive lighting systems, sound moderators, cooling systems, Friction and Brake circuits, Engine and Transmission parts, Gear systems, Automotive Hand tools etc.

To find out more go to:



  • Nov 05 - 08 2019

Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, USA

"The Automotive Industry Exhibition"

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products. In addition, the Sema Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

To find out more go to:

ASCCA Connected Car Committee - Mission Statement:

The Committee shall protect the ability of ASCCA membership to do business in California, including safe, secure, and uninterrupted access to vehicle onboard systems and the required tools to fix them.

Read more about the CCC, including past digests and reference material, on our dedicated ASCCA Connected Cars page.  Here are previous digests for those who missed them:



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