Panelists Named to Discuss Vehicle Cybersecurity in Auto Repair
A panel of experts will discuss the challenges facing OEMs in preventing vehicle hacking while preserving productivity and convenience in auto repair. This topic headlines the NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting, 1-4:30 pm (PT), Wednesday, November 4, in the Venetian Hotel/Sands Expo at AAPEX, Las Vegas, Nevada. Panelists will be confirmed soon for this session. Donny Seyfer will moderate the panel. Read more in this pdf. Details and the agenda for this NASTF event are available at www.nastf.org/GeneralMeetings.
Heavy Duty Industry Selects NASTF for Help in HD MOU
The heavy duty/commercial vehicle industry recently announced agreement in a Memorandum of Understanding (HD MOU) between the Commercial Right-to-Repair Coalition and the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), where original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of heavy duty vehicles would provide service information to independent service providers by way of their OEM technical websites. To assist in managing the understanding, search and feedback related to this cooperative effort between HD OEMs and independent HD service specialists, the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) was asked to expand its scope with the addition of heavy duty to its similar service already being provided to the light vehicle industry. Read more in this pdf here.
Educators, Instructors, Trainers Get NASTF Video for Class Content
A new five-minute video, Access to Service & Programming Information from Vehicle OEMs
was released by NASTF for use by automotive instructors in technical training/education sessions or programs. "Instructors are the number one source of referrals to NASTF benefits," said Skip Potter, NASTF Executive Director. "NASTF is grateful for their recommendation and fully expect their students to find value in the video's message."
NISSAN has updated NASTF on the expected release date of a software update, indicating NERS does support blank programming (ECM and front wheel drive TCMs), but it has a bug affecting rear wheel drive, blank transmission control modules. Due to technical difficulties, the release of the update has been delayed until November, 2015.
TESLA has a technical information website, https://service.teslamotors.com/, added last month to the NASTF OEM Service Website index on the NASTF website. Subscription prices for Tesla service information are: $30/hour, $100/24 hour, $300/month, $3,000/annual. In the USA, subscriptions are available to residents of Massachusetts only, it appears. According to their website, Tesla-approved body shops are eligible for free subscriptions.
VOLVO VIDA2015 - In response to NASTF SIR#680, which alerted Volvo to an error in VIDA2015 relating to 2016 vehicles, they provide the following: "Volvo Car Group is in the process of rolling out a new VIDA diagnostic system to address the needs of the new models and a new way of doing business. However, as with any large IT project, there have been a few bugs that are still to be ironed out. The release of VIDA 2015 system has had some issues integrating with the Volvo Tech Info website, primarily in the area of software downloading. However, all technical information, including the parts catalog, service information and vehicle diagnostics works as designed.
Volvo recognizes and regrets they have a deficiency as it relates to Independent repairers and MY16 models. However, VIDA Classic remains available to service all other vehicles, the same as it has before, prior to MY16. Volvo IT is working hard to complete the final integration and hopes to have VIDA 2015 up and running for all users as soon as possible.
Once fully released, the VIDA user will enjoy a diagnostic system that is 100% internet based, eliminating the need to wait for a DVD to ship. VIDA installation occurs one time, meaning subsequent subscription purchases are much faster to process. Updates and corrections will occur every two weeks, sometimes even overnight. The Volvo Standard Time Guide becomes an integral part of the application. All in all, VIDA 2015 brings a new, fully integrated diagnostic system that better suits the needs of their vehicles and technicians for years to come."
Collision Repair Committee - View meeting minutes and other information about CRC on the NASTF Collision Repair Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Collision. Anyone wanting to join the CRC should send their request to email@example.com.
The next conference call for the CRC is set for Wednesday, October 21, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Communications Committee - Co-Chair, Jessie Korosec, led the committee in a meeting, September 9, reviewing the new 5-minute video, Access to Service & Programming Information from Vehicle OEMs and discussing statistics on the use of NASTF's website. Minutes of the meeting are posted to the committee's webpage.
If you would like to join the Communications Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit the NASTF Communications Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Communications.
The next conference call for the Communications Committee is set for Wednesday, December 9, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Education Committee - The committee has been involved recently in reviewing the new 5-minute video, Access to Service & Programming Information from Vehicle OEMs, which was released for use by automotive instructors in technical training/education sessions or programs.
Visit the NASTF Education Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Education. Anyone wanting to join the Education Committee should send their request to email@example.com.
The next conference call for the Education Committee is set for Wednesday, October 7, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Equipment & Tool Committee - Visit the NASTF ETC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/ETC. Anyone wanting to join the ETC should send their request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next conference call for the ETC is set for Wednesday, November 18, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Service Information Committee - Co-Chair, Dave Zwalina, led the SIC in a quarterly meeting, September 23rd, discussing recent Service Information Requests, the NASTF presentation of the Scan Tool Resource Center and NASTF's involvement with the heavy duty vehicle industry's recently signed Memorandum of Understanding. Minutes of the SIC meeting can be found in a download on the SIC webpage.
View SIC information from the NASTF SIC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/SIC. If you would like to join the Service Information Committee, email email@example.com.
Techs having trouble completing jobs because of access to OEM service information and tools continue to post their questions on NASTF's Service Information Request (SIR) on-line response system. To log or file a NASTF SIR, visit www.nastf.org/FileSIR. Review recent SIRs by visiting www.nastf.org/SIRarchive.
The next conference call for the SIC is set for Wednesday, December 2, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Vehicle Security Committee
- If you would like to join the VSC, email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Be sure to visit the NASTF VSC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/VSC
. The next conference call for the VSC is set for Wednesday, October 28, 2015
. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
ON MY MIND
An Editorial by Skip Potter, NASTF Executive Director
NASTF HOW-TO GUIDES & VIDEOS was a new page added to the valuable NASTF website last month, but until September 20th there was nothing on it but a promise of "Coming Soon." I shifted this project into high-gear, however, when I saw that nearly 800 website visitors had opened that page in the previous 30 days; likely disappointed there was nothing there. I bet they thought this would be a valuable resource for them.
So instead of waiting for a longer list of videos and more guides to be written, I have begun loading helpful resources to this page... as I get them. For a long time to come, I expect this page to be a growing, work-in-progress.
Please visit this page, www.nastf.org/HowTo, and send me an email (email@example.com) with your own personal compliments, complaints and SUGGESTIONS.
You can thank the NASTF Board's Marketing Workgroup and the NASTF Communications Committee for the invention of this new resource center. It was their insight in meetings earlier this year that led to NASTF's interest in providing helpful videos and guides. NASTF is fortunate, too, that corporate members are volunteering to donate videos and step-by-step guides for this resource. Thanks to Drew Technologies and to Lockman Locksmith of FL for being the first to donate. Others have inquired and all that do will be recognized in the list of NASTF Supporting Partners for their in-kind contribution.
With 15,000 unique visitors a month to www.nastf.org, I expect the How-To page to quickly climb the activity list.
FROM THE NASTF BOARD
FROM THE BOARD... October (annually) is Alternate Slate Month and November (annually) is Voting Month. The NASTF Board of Directors' Nominating Committee solicited all eligible NASTF Members in July for suggested candidates to fill the five NASTF Director seats open for our 2016-though-2018 term election cycle. The Committee received several names for consideration. In addition, this year, the announced year-end retirement of OEM Director, Jim Von Ehr (Nissan), created a two-year remaining-term vacancy to be filled. Officers serve a one-year term so all Officer positions are up for election every year. The Board's 2016 Slate of Directors and Officers are:
- Chairman – Allen Pennebaker
- Vice Chairman - Steve Douglas
- Secretary Treasurer – John Lypen
- Directors for a three-year term
- Bill Moss
- Scott Brown
- Doug Greenhaus
- Steve Douglas
- Chris Chesney
- Director for a two-year term
Many, but not all, of the NASTF members suggested for nomination met the eligibility requirements, which includes two or more years of NASTF membership and one or more years of committee membership. And the nominating committee was challenged, also, with balancing nominations into business categories specified in the NASTF Bylaws.
NASTF members with an address in the USA are eligible to submit, by October 29, 2015, an Alternate Slate of candidates, which requires the endorsement of at least 25 NASTF voting members. Contact the executive director for additional information on this process. An email presenting all valid slates of candidates, including the Nominating Committee slate and all alternate slates, if any, will be sent on November 2, 2015, inviting NASTF's USA members to vote. The winning slate will be announced by December 10.
NASTF IS ON THE ROAD
NASTF @ ARA - Charlotte, NC; October 9, 2015
NASTF @ AAPEX - Las Vegas, NV; Nov 4, 2015 (NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting)
NASTF @ HDAW - Las Vegas, NV; January 25-28, 2016
NASTF @ MACSW - Orlando, FL; February 11, 2016 (Exhibiting)