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Produced by Solera, a global leader in data and software services, this tech podcast features insider experts and global automotive leaders as they discuss how to leverage data and automation for simpler vehicle appraisals, how to practice compliant collision repair in the age of connected vehicles and how to prepare for the next wave of automotive technology to give your business a competitive edge.
 
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It seems like everyone is talking about vehicle telematics these days, but who actually knows the ins and outs of this complex topic? We’re in the studio with Michael Flanagan, founder and CEO of Xtract, a connected claims platform for telematics crash data to get his take on this new development in data. Whether you're just diving into the world o…
 
On this episode of Don’s Drive-In, Don brings back a friend of the show, Kristen Felder, CEO of Collision Hub, to recap the SEMA show that took place in Las Vegas early November. Kristen and Don dive into the show’s events and some of the hot ticket items at the convention. Performance, parts, collision repair, and innovation—you can get it all and…
 
The automotive service industry is facing a decline in the number of skilled technicians entering the field. How can shop owners, educators and industry partners address this decline and reverse the trend? The Collision Repair Education Foundation, CREF, is a charitable organization that supports trade schools and education programs with resources,…
 
The number one challenge in the automotive industry is the shortage of skilled technicians. Half of all technicians are over the age of 50, and fewer technicians are entering the industry and bringing with them crucial technical and computer science skills. There’s a heavy burden on automotive educators to train the upcoming workforce and ensure th…
 
Cybersecurity can seem like a complex issue. We all know we need it; however, the installation and upkeep of all that high-quality software is pretty daunting. Luckily, we have some practical tips for shops and business of all sizes—and budgets—to follow for safe and secure business operations. No matter how you slice it, your data and your custome…
 
Vehicle diagnostics. Pre- and post-scanning. Calibration. What are we really talking about when we use these terms? We brought in an expert to help explain the hot topic of vehicle electronics. Meet Jim Fish, a vehicle diagnostics expert who brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge to Solera Innovation Labs. As Jim puts it, vehicle diag…
 
Taking a hard look at your business workflow isn't something many shop managers would jump at, but it could lead to some incredible advantages down the road. Streamlined communication across the shop, time saved on labor, greater expertise in technicians—these benefits and more could come from implementing small but mighty changes within the bodysh…
 
Data is a hot topic. But what do we know about vehicle data? And how can we use it to make mobility safer, estimating more intuitive? Get answers to these questions and more in this episode of Ready, SET, Go! In the mid-80s, estimating was an entirely manual process. Vehicle photos were taken with a Polaroid. Hand-writing estimates took up to two h…
 
On this episode of Don's Drive-In, Don interviews Kristen Felder, CEO of Collision Hub, the industry's #1 resource for technical training, news and events. Kristen was born for a career in the collision space - she was literally born in a paint booth! Tune into Don and Kristen's discussion around the challenges of the current repair ecosystem and t…
 
Don Mikrut is a 20-year veteran of the automotive industry, having run a successful MSO outfit before joining Solera as VP of Collision Services. In the Lab, Don dives into vehicle valuations enabled by the latest AI and automated technologies, as well as collision repair practices and innovation for shop ops. Featured guests bring dynamic insurtec…
 
As VP of Product Management at Solera, Neal Lowell has been delivering disruptive and high-value solutions within the Solera portfolio for nearly 20 years. Neal gives listeners a clear picture of the future as our vehicles become more connected and methods of transportation evolve. Tune in to hear guest perspectives on gaining a competitive edge in…
 
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