In Automotive Aftermarket News This Month…

MyCarfax Now Integrated With Shop Boss Pro

CSB Technologies, the owner of Shop Boss Pro automotive business management software, has expanded its relationship with Carfax. Shop Boss Pro users who participate in the myCarfax Service Shop program can now register customers with using a dedicated button built into the shop software.


Autologic Diagnostics Introduces Programming On AssistPlus

Autologic Diagnostics (Commack, NY) has announced that, for the first time, programming will be available on its AssistPlus device. New Autologic customers will have the option to purchase AssistPlus with the programming software. Customers who already own an AssistPlus device can purchase programming functionality as an add-on. And, customers who already own a BlueBox and an AssistPlus can transfer the programming software from BlueBox to AssistPlus with a valid support contract.


GM Eyes 2019 Autonomous Vehicle Rollout in Major Cities

General Motors claims it will unleash autonomous vehicles in major cities by 2019, according to Geek.

The proposed timeline—outlined during an investor call this week—hints at a commercial launch “in dense urban environments” within two years.

GM’s Cruise Automation branch currently tests self-driving cars in San Francisco, Phoenix and Detroit, and plans to expand into Manhattan next year—with the blessing of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently passed legislation.

Founded in 2013, Cruise was acquired by GM last year in an effort to “build the world’s largest fleet of self-driving cars,” according to the project website.

So far, that includes 180 test vehicles, and a strategy for simultaneous driverless deployment in multiple cities. Exact locations have not been revealed, though San Francisco is a very likely candidate.

“We think this represents one of the biggest business opportunities of all time, since the creation of the Internet,” GM president Dan Ammann, chief of autonomous vehicle strategy, told investors.