What information could be shared?
Currently, there are two types of spectrophotometers used in the automotive paint industry namely the “BYK-mac I” of BYK Instruments (BYK-Gardner) and the MA98 of X-Rite. Each of these instruments also has simpler derivatives mostly used in the car refinish repair shops. Since the measurements are taken at the POE, it would hardly require additional effort on the part of automotive data broker to take measurements with both devices. The extra costs would be minimal, and other measurements could also be taken such as gloss, orange peel, and even microscopic images. In addition, information like geographic location (GPS), Vehicle Identification Number and, of course, brand, model and year information can be determined and stored. This set of data is probably more extensive than what any of the individual companies currently collect.