INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS HONOURED AT AUTOMECHANIKA JOHANNESBURG
Car-O-Liner's Vision2 software was this morning (Wednesday, May 6) awarded a gold certificate for innovation at Automechanika Johannesburg's Innovation Awards 2015. AI Vision's MobilEye Collision Avoidance System won a silver certificate while Bosch's Start/Stop System took the bronze award.

Seven other products received certificates of commendation for their innovative qualities:

Catalfer's Maxima CNC2 OneTech Dustless Sanding System
Celette's Virtual Paint System
Ctrack's OB130 Plug-and-Play Telematics Solution
Gysduction Auto's Instantaneous Induction Heater
JVPS AoN's Forecourt Monitoring System
Sena Windows' Glue-On Flush Sliding Window
Ultra Tune's Gas Analyser

The products were assessed by a jury comprising Christopher Crookes of Extra Dimensions; John Ellmore of the RMI; David Furlonger of the Times Media Group; Robert Houdet of NAACAM; Norman Lamprecht of NAAMSA and Jakkie Olivier of the RMI.

"The overall quality of entries was high," said Wynter Murdoch, convener of the Innovation Awards. "It was heartening, also, to see such a diversity of items in contention from different spectrums of the automotive industry."

In the eyes of the jury, Car-O-Liner's Vision2 Software – which was launched at show – exemplified a state-of-the-art means of quickly and efficiently measuring collision damaged vehicles, helping to reduce cycle times and aiding accurate, efficient and safe alignment work throughout the repair process.

The device won a gold medal last year at the Innovation Awards at Automechanika Frankfurt. The photo-based Vision2 software, which guides repair and performs automatic centring, measuring and documentation, is easy and quick to use, cutting the time it takes to complete repair measurements by as much as 20%.

Vision2 is integrated with Car-O-Data, the world´s largest vehicle measurement database, which contains details of over 14 500 measured vehicles. "It is an outstanding product that promotes the quick and efficient measurement of collision damaged vehicles," the jury said in its assessment.

AI Vision's MobilEye Collision Avoidance System was deemed to offer an excellent combination of technology and functionality designed to improve road safety.

"The product represents a high-tech means of reducing the risk of accidents by identifying common road safety threats and, through a user friendly interface, alerting drivers to potential dangers," the jury said in its assessment.

The product, which is imported, is widely used in the OE market but the company's intention is to build its popularity in the aftermarket.

Bosch's Start/Stop System – again available for aftermarket fitment – helps to reduce fuel usage in city driving by up to eight percent, simultaneously reducing carbon emissions, an important factor in the fight against global warming. In the view of the jury, the product adds value to the both the commercial and private segments of the automotive market.

In an address at Automechanika Johannesburg at the Innovation Awards presentation ceremony, Murdoch said: "Out of the nearly two dozen entries received in the competition, the products assessed as finalists were found to all contribute in one way or another to advancing automotive progress, either by pioneering aspects of safety, environmental friendliness, or ease of use; or by making significant breakthroughs in terms of development standards."

A selection of the products will be on display at the Innovation Awards stand at Automechanika Johannesburg until the show closes on Saturday, May 9.

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For information contact Wynter Murdoch at 011 280 3000 or wynter@thefuture.co.za.

 
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