RMI data from TecAlliance is now available
Since 16 November, the first data and mobility services have been available and requested on Caruso, the open, neutral and secure data marketplace for the automotive aftermarket. Under the motto “Join the Caruso ride”, the official launch was celebrated on 16 November in Kaiserslautern, Germany, at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering, Caruso’s strategic technology consultant. The event was attended by nearly 200 representatives of the international aftermarket, who received a live demonstration of the marketplace and its functionality as well as first-hand information from the initial partners about the added value that Caruso offers their businesses.
TecAlliance is not only an initial partner and key enabler of Caruso, but also one of the first companies to provide data on Caruso – alongside telematics providers such as Bosch, Continental and ZF and car manufacturers such as BMW. For TecAlliance, Caruso serves as an additional sales channel for data and services. The initial data made available is Repair and Maintenance Information (RMI), which in future can also be acquired as individual data points via Caruso using TecAlliance vehicle IDs, making the information easy to access even for smaller businesses. The first consumers of this RMI data are the Scandinavian telematics service provider ABAX and the workshop software provider WERBAS.
“As a Caruso shareholder we have the opportunity to help guide the digital transformation in the automotive aftermarket and take part in shaping an emerging industry standard. We also benefit from interactions with partners from all sectors of the automotive market and other industries in a diverse group of shareholders,” said Jürgen Mehlis, EVP of Solution & Platform Management at TecAlliance, at the go-live event.
After the live demo of the Caruso data marketplace, the guests in Kaiserslautern were given the opportunity to discuss with the experts and each other in a real marketplace atmosphere. At the booths, they learned about specific application scenarios on Caruso, the process of connecting to the marketplace (so-called “onboarding”) and the legal requirements. In this inspiring atmosphere, industry representatives also had a chance to discuss their own potential business models and application scenarios. They could identify their own cases where Caruso could add value and get to know the people behind Caruso.
“After its founding in March 2017 with initial investments of around six million euros, we are delighted to have opened our Caruso data marketplace. All participants in the automotive aftermarket – whether parts manufacturers, retail outlets, workshops, insurance companies, fleet and leasing companies, car rental companies, car sharing providers, mobile operators or breakdown service companies – are dependent on vehicle-related data if they want to improve or revamp their mobility services. Specially to keep up with the big players in the digital age, existing data must be intelligently interlinked. This is exactly where Caruso comes in,” explains Alexander Haid, CEO of Caruso GmbH.
Caruso also used the event to announce two new partners: the CARAT Group, one of Germany’s largest car parts purchasing cooperatives, and the Eucon Group, a leading provider of market information for car manufacturers and automotive suppliers and a digitalisation expert for insurance and real estate firms. ATR International AG recently joined and expanded the shareholders’ committee, which was previously only composed of TecAlliance representatives. Caruso GmbH is in discussion with other potential partners from the workshop, trade, service provider and fleet and leasing company sectors. The goal is to reflect the openness and neutrality of the data marketplace in the shareholder structure.