The adoption of new onboard safety technologies, particularly Advanced Driver-Assistance techniques (ADAS) is including new complexity to fleet maintenance programs.
ADAS technologies need unique equipment and training when solution is required. These systems add brand new parts to automobiles, such as for instance digital cameras, proximity sensors, and radar/lidar. A minor collision which used to only require a bumper address replacement can now include bumper address and radar replacement, along side pre- and post-sys tem scans and ADAS recalibration. ADAS cameras built into windshields and rear-view mirrors are including complexity and price to windshield replacements.
When repairs are needed on automobiles designed with new technologies the costs can sometimes be shocking; but the failure rates of these components are fairly low. Rather than replacing part, you may now have to add the cost to recalibrate the ADAS, possibly including countless dollars to the fix.
“As ADAS are more typical in brand new car models, positioning expenses are rising due to the increased complexity and required steps to perform what was as soon as a basic service. Repairs such as for instance windshield replacements and bumper address replacements, which do not include any steering or suspension components, now commonly need a scan device for recalibration and computer aided gear for ADAS alignment,” said Erin Mills, nationwide service department manager for Enterprise Fleet Management.
Numerous previously simple repairs now need a calibration of the ADAS system, comprising cameras, sensors, and controllers, which requires specialized and high priced tooling and gear.
There was a growing number of automobiles loaded with ADAS. These systems are now included as standard equipment on several popular fleet models that more expensive components are pressing repair costs higher. Including, the replacement price of a windshield in an ADAS-equipped automobile is normally greater than compared to a non-ADAS unit. As well as the increased price of windshield it self, the car additionally usually calls for a recalibration of entire system, another expense driver.
Whilst the adoption of ADAS does involve increased maintenance expenses, these expenses are offset by a decrease in preventable accidents or saving someone’s life.
“There is no question these systems enhance security and maintaining these systems is essential after certain repairs to help keep the systems functioning correctly. But the extra some time expense to do the calibration usually catches both drivers and fleet managers by surprise,” said Brian Simek, manager – upkeep, fix, & workforce administration for Wheels, Inc. “The calibration process could include 30 minutes to over an hour of work time and energy to a repair increasing the sum total expense, which is often significant. Even more irritating, is whenever motorists have to bring their car to an additional fix facility or dealership to perform the calibration process increasing downtime.”