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Automotive Innovations Gains Certification with Dealertrack



Automotive Innovations Gains Certification with Dealertrack


Kansas City, MO – October 11, 2021

Automotive Innovations (Ai), an all-in-one solution that allows auto dealers to replace multiple tools, increase profits, and gain real-time visibility into their business, announced today that it has received Opentrack certification and integration with Dealertrack DMS. The Opentrack integration allows bi-directional integration between the Dealertrack DMS and Automotive Innovation’s platform.

“Becoming an Opentrack-certified partner allows us to provide our Automotive Innovations and Dealertrack DMS clients a seamless and integrated experience to our all-in-one solution that delivers the data dealers need to make immediate decisions that impact profitability across the entire dealership,” said Hoss Devine, Ai CEO & Founder. “Given today’s fierce competition for sales, it’s more important than ever for a dealership’s solutions to work together efficiently. Ai, built from the ground up, delivers six core dealer products in one single sign-on 360° operating solution at one low price. It positively impacts business in real-time when it matters most.”

Ai was created for car guys by car guys and that is reflected in its ease-of-use and solutions that deliver the data dealers need to make immediate decisions. OpsVision™, Ai’s business intelligence tool provides meaningful insights into the dealer’s primary profit centers, helping dealers to identify profit opportunities in real-time so they can act immediately to positively impact their bottom-line. Ai’s suite of solutions also includes SmartChoice™, an intelligent F&I Menu product, SmartDesk™, an interactive digital menu presentation and e-contracting system, ReconCentral™, a used vehicle reconditioning tool that connects processes to people, DayTracker™, an intelligent scheduling solution that improves the customer experience and brings organization to the customer delivery experience, and Ai University™, an LMS training, certification, and onboarding system that’s customizable to the dealer’s training philosophy and curriculum.

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Automotive Innovations Joins CDK Global Partnership Program



Automotive Innovations Joins CDK Global Partnership Program


Kansas City, MO – September 27, 2021

Automotive Innovations (Ai), an all-in-one solution that allows auto dealers to replace multiple tools, increase profits, and gain real-time visibility into their business, today announced it has become a participant in the CDK Global Partner Program, the largest third-party marketplace of automotive applications and integrations. CDK Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDK) is the largest provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail industry.

As a member of the CDK Partner Program, Automotive Innovations will provide dealers and OEMs applications that help them drive their business forward. With access to the extensive CDK customer base, partners have the opportunity to build solutions impacting nearly every area of business within the modern dealership, ranging from sales to service to data intelligence.

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“We’re excited about partnering with CDK and leveraging their integration platform to power the real-time data exchange that drives Ai’s innovative and intuitive solution,” said Hoss Devine, Ai CEO & Founder. “At the heart of Ai is our consolidated approach to dealership operational software solutions. For too long, dealers have had to rely on stand-alone solutions or omni-solutions formed through acquisitions that typically don’t work smoothly together. Ai was built from the ground-up to deliver six core dealer products in one 360-degree operating solution with one login and one low price to positively impact business in real-time when it matters most.”

Ai was created for car guys by car guys and that is reflected in its ease-of-use and solutions that deliver data dealers need to make immediate decisions. OpsVision™, Ai’s business intelligence tool provides meaningful insights into the dealer’s primary profit centers, helping dealers to identify profit opportunities in real-time so they can act immediately to positively impact their bottom-line. Ai’s suite of solutions also includes SmartChoice™, an intelligent F&I Menu product, SmartDesk™, an interactive digital menu presentation and e-contracting system, ReconCentral™, a used vehicle reconditioning tool that connects processes to people, DayTracker™, an intelligent scheduling solution that improves the customer experience and brings organization to the customer delivery experience, and Ai University™, an LMS training, certification, and onboarding system that’s customizable to the dealer’s training philosophy and curriculum.

“We are pleased to introduce Ai as the newest member of the CDK Global Partner Program,” said Sandy Orlando, Senior Vice President, CDK Data Services and Fortellis. “Ai is a welcome addition to our vibrant program which provides dealers with a range of partner choices and the assurance that their programs can be seamlessly integrated with our applications.”

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What do SpaceX and Ai Have in Common?



What do SpaceX and Ai Have in Common?


Written by – Hoss Devine
Kansas City, MO – September 22, 2021

Last week, as I watched the live coverage of the Inspiration4 launch and landing, I thought about the similarities between SpaceX and Automotive Innovations. Elon Musk’s thought process of building rockets and what he was trying to do with SpaceX was described in “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.” Obviously, he wouldn’t be the first to build rockets but he could still impact the world by building rockets in a different way. He had in his head that he could build a more cost-efficient rocket and make manned flight and private satellite launches affordable. When he was looking into what it would cost to build a rocket, he realized that the majority of the current rocket manufacturers were heavily dependent upon foreign companies for parts. If building a rocket was expensive then, in turn, the cost of a client using the rocket was going to be a very expensive venture. He thought that he could make it less expensive by building and manufacturing the majority of the parts himself and not be reliant on other companies. He felt relying on foreign companies to build rockets was a recipe for disaster because if something happened politically or with that company, then what would happen to the parts supply?

We’re seeing this with the chip shortage now. One of the major chip suppliers in Japan had a fire. Texas had problems with the winter storms. Taiwan is having a drought (lots of water is required for chip manufacturing). Coupled with worker shortages and shipping bottlenecks, carmakers are shutting down production because they don’t have the chips they need.

When it came to the inspiration for building Ai, I had a similar thought process. My goal was to build a platform from the ground up from scratch that wasn’t dependent on other companies and technologies. I wanted to be in control of our tech and our customer experience, and not have to worry about what if that company goes out of business, or their servers go down, or whatever.

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But control means so much more than just owning the tech. In my 20+ years of experience, I watched as technology companies were buying up other companies and technologies and trying to get them to talk to each other. It really has never worked very well – just a horrible customer experience! On top of all that, the majority of today’s automotive software was designed by tech guys. They may tell you that car guys built it, but as soon as you begin to use the software you can tell whoever designed it never worked in a car dealership. What happens is someone with a little car experience says, “I have an idea for some software,” then they hire people to build their idea. But they let the tech people make the majority of the calls in both functionality and look and feel. So, in reality, a car guy had an idea, shared it, and then let the ponies run and gave them the creative freedom to build it however they wanted.

With Ai, my approach was different and unconventional for the industry. I literally designed every screen you see. I spent months designing hundreds of pages and then gave them to developers to build. When they said, “Do you know how hard it is to build what you designed?” my response was “No and I don’t care how hard it is. This is what I want.” Some of them would continue to try and convince me to change my design to something easier and my response to them was, “You’re the wrong guy to build this.” I learned a long time ago that to control my destiny, I must persist without exception! If you want to accomplish anything in life you can’t let the opinion of others or any other roadblock stop you from what you want. I tell my team all the time, “To truly innovate in any industry, you must be willing to do what no one else is willing to do; think outside the box, work tirelessly and never let the words ‘it can’t be done’ become your reality.”

If you look at the people in our country, or world for that matter, the ones who have truly provided innovative change to any industry have been told many times, “It can’t be done!” But thank God they were undeterred in their vision. If they had stopped, we wouldn’t have a lot of things we’re so reliant on today. Ask yourself, “What are you trying to accomplish that others have told you can’t be done?” I would encourage you not to be deterred and push through the negativity and doubt of others, embrace the suck, control your destiny, and fight claw and scratch your way to success.