Making everything fit and work properly on a vehicle is a tough job. It's especially difficult for aftermarket companies that didn't design the vehicle.
An online program called Technology Transfer is making that job easier and faster.
The program, offered by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, shares computer-assisted drawings from automakers with aftermarket companies. The goal: Eliminate the need to re-engineer parts.
"The OEMs look at accessories as a way to sell more cars," Jim Spoonhower, vice president of market research for SEMA, said in an interview with Automotive News.
Technology Transfer began in June 2000 as a test with Ford Motor Co. Since then about 20,000 drawings of cars or car parts have been posted on the SEMA Web site.
The availability of drawings can speed the time it takes accessories to arrive in the market by four to six months, Carl Sheffer, SEMA's vice president of OEM relations, told Automotive News.