The adoption of new onboard safety technologies, such as for example Advanced Driver-Assistance techniques (ADAS) is adding brand new complexity to fleet upkeep programs.
ADAS technologies need unique gear and training whenever service will become necessary. These systems add new parts to automobiles, such as for instance cameras, proximity sensors, and radar/lidar. A small collision that used to only require a bumper cover replacement is now able to involve bumper cover and radar replacement, and pre- and post-sys tem scans and ADAS recalibration. ADAS cameras built into windshields and rear-view mirrors are adding complexity and expense to windshield replacements.
When repairs are expected on vehicles built with brand new technologies the expenses can be shocking; however, the failure rates for these components are fairly low. Rather than changing part, you may now have to include the fee to recalibrate the ADAS, potentially including a huge selection of bucks towards the fix.
“As ADAS become more typical in new car models, positioning expenses are increasing due to the increased complexity and required steps to complete the thing that was as soon as a simple solution. Repairs particularly windshield replacements and bumper cover replacements, which do not include any steering or suspension elements, now commonly require a scan tool for recalibration and computer aided equipment for ADAS alignment,” said Erin Mills, nationwide service division manager for Enterprise Fleet Management.
Many formerly simple repairs now need a calibration associated with the ADAS system, consisting of digital cameras, sensors, and controllers, which calls for specific and high priced tooling and equipment.
There was an increasing number of automobiles built with ADAS. These systems are actually included as standard gear on a few popular fleet models that more costly components are pushing repair expenses higher. As an example, the replacement cost of a windshield in an ADAS-equipped automobile is typically more than that of a non-ADAS device. Besides the increased cost of this windshield itself, the automobile additionally frequently calls for a recalibration regarding the whole system, an additional expense motorist.
While the use of ADAS does include increased upkeep costs, these costs are offset by a reduction in preventable accidents or saving someone’s life.
“There is no question these systems enhance security and maintaining these systems is essential after specific repairs to help keep the systems operating properly. But the additional some time cost to perform the calibration frequently catches both drivers and fleet supervisors by shock,” said Brian Simek, director – upkeep, repair, & workforce management for Wheels, Inc. “The calibration process could add 30 minutes to over one hour of labor time and energy to a repair increasing the total cost, which is often significant. Much More frustrating, is whenever motorists are required to bring their vehicle to an additional repair facility or dealership to accomplish the calibration process increasing downtime.”