• ADAS – The Challenge for the Collision Repair Industry

    I-CAR Australia

    The topic of ADAS is fast becoming very real in the safe and complete repair of vehicles today and tomorrow. When we look at ANCAP safety ratings and the requirement for all the stakeholders in the collision repair industry to ensure their five-star rating is retained after a collision (minor or major), the question needs to be asked – are we doing this?

    The chart below, courtesy of ANCAP, shows the rise in the standard fitment of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) has risen from 3% in December 2015 to over 54% in July 2019. According to ANCAP 60 of the top selling 100 vehicles offer AEB as standard equipment.

    ADAS ANCAP ratings

    *Courtesy ANCAP October 2019

    As part of the collision avoidance advances being introduced into vehicles today, this trend needs to be recognised by all of our industry, Repairers, Insurers and OEMS, as all stakeholders contribute to safe and complete repairs.

    ADAS is not one single system, it is a series of sensors, cameras, radars and even Lidar all working together to measure the vehicles surroundings and send this data back to a central computer that determines the vehicles position in space. It provides multiple data inputs through these sources to ensure a driver can be assisted in the event of an emergency, hence the term Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.

    In the event of a collision the advanced electronics require pre-scanning to determine what systems have recorded DTCs as a result of the incident. This allows for a complete analysis of the damage that is unseen – the electronics. Measuring, visual inspections allow the structural componentry of the vehicle to be diagnosed to ensure the correct method of repair is specified.

    In today’s collision repair industry, the reinstatement of ANCAP safety standards requires that electronic systems are also inspected, diagnosed and reinstated to complete the repair. Without a pre-scan it is impossible to ascertain what systems are affected.

    The post scan and calibration will be required to resolve the DTCs recorded and calibration must be performed if ADAS is on the vehicle. This can be either static or dynamic but without this, the sensors located around the vehicle may send conflicting information to the CPU and this compromising the ADAS within the vehicle.

    If ADAS is fitted to a vehicle, regardless of its complexity, calibration is NOT an option. Five star ANCAP ratings prerequisites are focusing heavily on driver assistance technology and the failure to recognise this is compromising the safety of the consumer through not providing complete and safe repairs.

    I-CAR has a range of ADAS related course to assist the industry in understanding the complexities of these systems. The calibration needs are different to each brand, but the responsibility to understand this belongs to all involved in the repair of any such vehicle. The I-CAR courses are online and accessible 24 hours per day and cover many of the questions that the industry should know.

    In addition, all of the courses can be paid through your Capricorn account. Capricorn Society has been a founding Platinum Member of I-CAR Australia since 2006 and together both organisations are striving to support the industry through knowledge and access to better information. You can select and register for courses at http://i-car.com.au/calendar/ 

    Restoring ANCAP ratings can only be achieved when the research is done before estimating the damage on a vehicle. It is the single most critical operation to be performed as electronic damage is not visible, it must be diagnosed with the right tools and training to achieve a complete, safe and quality repair for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.

    * The contents of and any opinions contained in this article may not necessarily reflect the opinions of Capricorn Society Ltd.