The Auto Care Association is working tirelessly on the Federal, State and local level to educate officials on how COVID-19 impacts the auto care industry and why our supply chain should be considered “essential” and remain open for business during this pandemic. We have drafted summaries of current federal and state response efforts as well as joint advocacy letters that the Auto Care Association has signed onto with other trade associations impacted by COVID-19. We continue to update our resources according to the latest related government guidance and legislation.
Wireless technology and data collection are quickly becoming integral parts of today’s “connected” vehicles. These innovations have the potential to provide motorists with access to a wide range of entertainment and information services, as well as safety benefits and improved repair and maintenance. However, there are important concerns that must be addressed. For instance, who owns the vehicle data? Does the manufacturer or driver control the data? How are manufacturers using the data? Are vehicle owners made aware of data sharing when they purchase the vehicle?
The $392 billion auto care industry relies on a complex, international supply chain that ensures American drivers can obtain quality, affordable and prompt vehicle parts and service. Therefore, while the industry recognizes the need to protect U.S. manufacturing and jobs, trade barriers that inhibit the ability of domestic companies to import finished goods, components and raw materials have a negative effect on both business and the motoring public.