The discussion on the contribution of Automotive Aftermarket in European economy has always been a punch point since the revenue statistics has continuously experienced pluses while walking along with automotive aftermarket. The automotive aftermarket and aftersales sector is a multiplexed, vigorous and greatly competitive market, providing Europe’s millions of cars, vans, trucks and buses with a potent support network. The automotive aftermarket is a compact of services, faceting repair, maintenance and service spectrum from parts supply to fitment and servicing. Giving a long life to the vehicle fleet asks for the absolute maintenance and matchless services.
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) reported that on average 94% of the survey respondents were satisfied with their last service experience and with the level of choice for service and repairs. The BCG study also reported that 85% of the respondents felt informed about the quality of the parts used for the repair, while only 39% reported they were offered a choice of parts. The analysis says at the end that the consumers rely on the words a local workshop says and the satisfaction they achieve depends on the services and quality of parts the workshop delivers. Numerous fake and just-to-utter terms Original Equipment (OE), OE Supplier Quality (Erstausrüster Qualität), OE Equivalent, Identical (Identteile) and Matching Quality exists in market that applies to be right but there comes the European Automotive Block Exemption Regulation (BER) with actual definition of ‘Original Parts’ that says, ’parts which are manufactured according to the specifications and production standards provided by the motor vehicle manufacturer for the production of parts for the assembly of the motor vehicle in question.’ This is the definition on which a workshop or a consumer precisely can determine and recognise the quality level of an original part.
Sweden is a global leader in renewable energy and alternative fuels use. The Swedish government has pledged to cut CO2 emissions by 40 percent in 2030 relative to 1990 levels and provides subsidies (‘supermiljöbilspremie’) and vehicle tax cuts to people buying environmentally classified vehicles. These incentives have arguably caused a shift in sales from gasoline cars towards environmental cars. The registrations of environmental cars have doubled in the past four years, from 30,000 in 2013 to 63,000 in 2016.
Another trend is autonomous vehicles, where Sweden is at the forefront of driverless technology. To foster its development, the Swedish government launched Drive Sweden in 2015, – a ‘Strategic Innovation Program’ between companies, government agencies, and universities. While still early in development, recent advances include Drive Me, a project by Volvo where 100 fully autonomous cars are used by ‘normal’ consumers in real-life traffic in Gothenburg, as well as Scania’s autonomous truck platoon system, which will be piloted in Singapore.
Predominantly, Sweden is considered to be one of the finest countries amplifying a productive market for high-quality and technically sophisticated automotive products. The manufacturers in Sweden are called the real people of aftermarket as they manufacture not only the name-sake parts, they centralize quality, safety, durability and technology. With ballooning aftermarket business, the manufacture companies are ceaselessly being challenged to be in competition.
One of the challenges marks the data maintenance, information security, detail recognition and many more that can highly lead to reduced outputs. To overcome the challenges, the country is putting its paces towards technologies. The trending adoption in Sweden aftermarket is making meets with IT solutions that help the manufacturers to administrate the business with trouble-less data maintenance systems and operational platforms. Meanwhile, the IT companies also look forward in delivering the software solutions that make a remarkable place in the aftermarket.
Many softwares are there in the race in which AutoDAP peeps out being a foremost product of Gateway groups. AutoDAP is a Data Accuracy Platform, designed to moderate the cataloguing system of part suppliers and the ecosystem. The software helps to identify the exact vehicle information based on which, parts accuracy is achieved. AutoDAP is developed in a cohesive manner that helps for vehicle identification enabling aftermarket solution providers to deliver precise parts, repair and other add-on services. AutoDAP provides vehicle data in fully documented JSON enabled web API with RAML documentation. With AutoDAP, Gateway has shown up an unbeatable competency in Europe automotive aftermarket.
The era of automotive aftermarket is leaping with the innovations and technological revolutions that exhibits a never-ending progress and throws a magnificent competition among IT companies to produce painless and unpaired solutions.
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