This Week in Auto Body News

As usual, the auto body industry did not sleep this past week!  One of the biggest stories in the automotive industry this week, and the highlight of this post, is the fact that Tesla Motors has released ALL of its incredible patents to the public.  In addition to the landmark decision, I-CAR has launched a new Photography Documentation Course for participating members to take part in.

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In a news story that rocked not only to automotive industry, but the entire world, Elon Musk, owner and inventor of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has decided that all the patents used to create the first luxury electric car will be released to the public for everyone to utilize.  The purpose behind this, as Musk explains, is to remove some of the barriers of entry into the electronic car industry.  Musk believes that by doing this he is not taking away from his own car sales, rather he is making it more viable for other companies to start manufacturing electric cars in order to combat the auto giants.

Currently, there are about 100 million cars being manufactured each year, with the current global fleet of cars approaching 2 billion.  Of the 100 million being produced each year, nearly all of them are gas eating, and carbon polluting vehicles.  Elon Musk believes that this must change immediately if we are going to combat the threat of climate change and global warming.  He even went as far to say that patents “often stifle progress and entrench the positions of giant corporations.”   Musk also noted that it would be impossible for Tesla alone to build electric cars fast enough to combat the current carbon crisis.  He is calling for fellow investors, inventors and entrepreneurs to use the information he has made public to help him in his quest to dethrone the giant corporations while making the planet a healthier place to live.

This move is the first of its kind in decades.  Most people believe that patents help to protect the inventor from having their idea stolen, but Musk believes this is an outdated idea.  He views it now as more of an innovation killer than anything and thinks that as long as those who use his patents ‘in good faith’ should not be prosecuted legally.

I-CAR Launches New Course

On Friday of last week, I-CAR announced that it would be launching a new course for estimators and appraisers, which covers different ways to document collisions through photography.  This course, called Document and Digital Photography or DOC01, was designed to train professionals in the auto body industry on the best practices for documenting digital photography in order to accurately capture the damage to the vehicle.  As with any industry, while we move along, documentation and data become more and more important.

At Martin’s Collision Center and Sanford Paint & Body, we always use the highest standards when it comes to data analysis and auto body repair techniques.  We are I-CAR Gold certified and utilize all of their training courses to ensure that our technicians are up to date with industry standards.