We were having a blast welcoming over 200 attendees from more than 90 companies to our Live Marketplace Experience in Cologne from June 5-6.

With 12 inspiring keynotes, a total of 11 booths and endless opportunities of networking, the second edition of Caruso’s Partner Connect was a great success & we did not promise to much by phrasing it THE Meeting Place for Key Players in the Connected Mobility Industry!

In case you missed it, here’s a rundown of five facts that made CPC2019 truly remarkable:

# A Firsthand Look at Caruso’s latest developments

Our Managing Director Alexander Haid and Head of Platform Engineering Dr. Jens Knodel kicked off CPC2019 with a state of play of the current market situation & Caruso’s vision for a “Connected Mobility Future,” with all its challenges and opportunities. Jens showcased our latest platform developments and gave an outlook of the things to come to our beloved Marketplace.

# Impressive key note line-up on our main stage delivering concrete use cases & expert insights 🚀

Our event was all about first-hand best practices and concrete use cases from our partners, getting insight in how to gain access to & monetise car data:

We were very proud having Francois Croc, Senior Expert Diagnostic and Franck Pinon, After Sales VCI Project Leader, from Groupe PSA on stage presenting the French vehicle manufacturer’s latest remote vehicle diagnostic and maintenance solutions.

The following keynote was given by Klaus Sekot, Field Monitoring & Data Mining at Bosch, who outlined the strategy for digital marketplaces and partnerships and demonstrated Bosch’ already available services.

We didn’t have to wait long for the next highlight when Alexander Wegner, Product Lead Data Manager Trade & Maik Neumann, Product Owner at TecAlliance, shared their experience in accessing OEM data from different manufacturers via Caruso.

Day two of CPC2019 has begun with a joint keynote together with our friends from Continental, Autopass & Schaeffler where we gave insights into the future of repair workshops in a connected world by sharing vehicles’ telematic data through our marketplace. A real end-to-end use case connecting three parties via Caruso.

Next on stage were our friends from Connected Cars, Rasmus Brandt Pedersen, VP Data Solutions & Thomas Jansson, Head of Data Science. They outlined the Danish telematics powerhouse’s strategy and how to access in-vehicle data via retrofit solutions.

What happens in the automotive aftermarket of the Iberian Peninsula? Roberto Gaspar, from our friends at ANECRA gave an overview of the digitization in Portugal & outlined the benefits they are able to distribute to their members by joining Caruso.

The next couple on stage were Christian Clauss, Manager BMW Car Data at BMW Group, and Krunoslav Bagaric, Member of the Management Board at Topmotive talking about BMW CarData & the B2B exchange of valuable market data across the value chain via Caruso. Krunoslav walked the crowd through a very special demonstration of the company’s new the self-learning vehicle file of their new flagship product next.

Alexander Boone, Head of Mobility Services at Sixt, was the next expert on stage presenting the opportunities for an international provider of high-quality mobility services.

Rolf Kunold, Managing Director at Hella Gutmann Solutions, and Igor Valandro, CEO at Air impressed the audience by sharing their learnings in DTC Translation for over the air applications.

Last but not least, Frank Schlehuber, Senior Consultant Market Affairs at CLEPA, joined the panel with Sylvia Gotzen, CEO at FIGIEFA, and Dr. Christian Knobloch, FIGIEFA IT Advisor. They gave an update on the political situation at EU-Level regarding the access to OE-Data.

# Topics & Market Status

 Compared to our first edition of Caruso Partner Connect last year you could truly see the ongoing evolution of the connected aftermarket. Caruso supports its partners to forge new collaborations they did not have on the radar before. It was great to see so many end-to-end use cases live on stage and in the exhibition area, all initially introduced by Caruso, some of them at the exact same spot one year ago. It was also exceptional having so many vehicle manufactures stepping into the dragons’ den showing interest in Caruso as a neutral server making their data available for the connected aftermarket.

# Inspiring atmosphere through our Live Marketplace Experience

Attendees were treated to dive into a number of product presentations of our partners at the exhibition area. Interactive exhibits allowed attendees to experience company’s latest technologies, and spotlighted innovative ways that partners have utilized them to build dynamic solutions.

# Fun & Networking

Day one ended with a nice get together & networking dinner. Caruso Partner Connect proved to be the ideal platform for networking and exchanging information with international customers, partners and interested parties.

Many thanks to our exhibiting partners Autopass, Bosch, Connected Cars, Continental, Schaeffler, TecAlliance, Topmotive, WESP, ZF as well as our additional keynote speakers for putting the trust in us and taking an active part at our fabulous second Partner Connect event.