Innovation & Mobility | Auto Finance News - Part 2

Auto Finance Summit 2019 Registration Opens With New Agenda

Auto Finance News is proud to announce that the Auto Finance Summit 2019 registration and agenda are now available on AutoFinanceSummit.com. The 19th annual event will take place October 28-30 at the Bellagio Las Vegas. Registration can be submitted here.  It’s a revolutionary time for auto finance, as technological innovations are making waves in the industry. Meanwhile, lenders are working to stay ahead […]

Startup Bloom Pilots Blockchain Tech With Several Captives

SAN DIEGO — Bloom, a blockchain-enabled platform that allows customers to choose what personal data to share with lenders, is piloting its technology with several captives, Founder and Chief Executive Jesse Leimgruber told Auto Finance News at the Auto Finance Innovation Summit last week. Bloom was the winner of the event’s annual “DEMOvation Challenge.” At the heart of Bloom’s design is BloomID, […]

Sparking Connections: How Tech Alliances Are Firing Up Lenders

Slowing vehicle sales and the potential for a market downturn have lit a spark among lenders, technology companies, and OEMs, igniting partnerships aimed at gaining marketshare and creating solutions attainable only by way of collaboration. In January, Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG established an alliance that will likely spur the OEMs’ captives to collaborate […]

General Motors Scales Back Car-Sharing Service Maven

General Motors Co. reportedly is scaling back its car-sharing service, Maven, by stopping the service in eight markets after launching more than three years ago. A GM spokeswoman confirmed the OEM plans to shut down the service in major markets like Chicago and Boston "within the next few months," the Wall Street Journal reported. However, Maven will […]

Carvana Turns to AI For Customer Support

SAN DIEGO — Carvana is integrating a conversational artificial intelligence platform into its customer support channels, Christina Keiser, vice president of strategy, said at the Auto Finance Sales and Marketing Summit last week. Propel.AI, which Carvana bought last year, is in the early stages of testing. “We think the human touch is important,” Keiser said. […]

Toyota Financial Fosters Digital-Savvy Workforce With Internal Program

Toyota Financial Services has launched an internal digital learning program for its employees and business partners called TFS Digital Academy, Auto Finance News has learned. TFS Digital Academy will be led by company veteran Mark Dirkson, according to Dirkson’s May 14 LinkedIn post. Dirkson’s 11-year tenure with TFS includes his new role as Dean of […]

AI Startup Helps BMW Financial Scale Call Center With Chatbots

SAN DIEGO — BMW Financial Services will have automated “digital assistants” added to its call center capabilities by the third quarter, thanks to a partnership with startup CarLabs.AI, the tech company’s Chief Executive Martin Schmitt said at the Auto Finance Innovation Summit Wednesday. CarLabs is a company that delivers AI-powered digital assistants for automotive brands. It started […]

Bloom Wins DEMOvation Challenge at Auto Finance Innovation Summit

SAN DIEGO — Bloom, a decentralized data security solution powered by blockchain, was crowned the winner of the third annual DEMOvation Challenge at the 2019 Auto Finance Innovation Summit, toppling six other startups. The DEMOvation Challenge offers fledgling startups the opportunity to showcase their technology in front of a wide audience of auto lending and […]
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