The use of the latest onboard safety technologies, like Advanced Driver-Assistance techniques (ADAS) is incorporating brand new complexity to fleet maintenance programs.
ADAS technologies need unique gear and training when solution is required. These systems add new components to automobiles, including cameras, proximity sensors, and radar/lidar. A collision which used to just require a bumper cover replacement are now able to involve bumper address and radar replacement, and pre- and post-sys tem scans and ADAS recalibration. ADAS digital cameras included in windshields and rear-view mirrors are adding complexity and price to windshield replacements.
Whenever repairs are required on cars designed with brand new technologies the expenses can be shocking; but the failure rates for these components are fairly low. Instead of just changing part, you’ll now have to incorporate the fee to recalibrate the ADAS, possibly incorporating a huge selection of bucks to your repair.
“As ADAS become more typical in new car models, positioning costs are increasing because of the increased complexity and required actions to perform that which was when a fundamental service. Repairs including windshield replacements and bumper cover replacements, which do not include any steering or suspension components, now commonly require a scan tool for recalibration and computer aided gear for ADAS alignment,” said Erin Mills, national service division manager for Enterprise Fleet Management.
Numerous formerly easy repairs now need a calibration regarding the ADAS system, consisting of digital cameras, sensors, and controllers, which requires specific and high priced tooling and equipment.
There is certainly progressively more automobiles equipped with ADAS. These systems are now actually included as standard gear on several popular fleet models that more costly elements are pushing fix expenses greater. As an example, the replacement cost of a windshield in an ADAS-equipped car is typically higher than that of a non-ADAS product. In addition to the increased cost associated with the windshield itself, the car also frequently requires a recalibration of whole system, an additional expense driver.
Even though the use of ADAS does include increased upkeep costs, these expenses are offset by a decrease in preventable accidents or saving someone’s life.
“There is no question these systems enhance security and keeping these systems is important after particular repairs to keep the systems functioning properly. However, the excess some time expense to do the calibration usually catches both motorists and fleet supervisors by surprise,” said Brian Simek, director – upkeep, fix, & workforce management for Wheels, Inc. “The calibration procedure could include 30 minutes to significantly more than an hour of work time and energy to a repair increasing the sum total cost, which can be significant. Even more difficult, is whenever drivers are required to bring their car to a second fix center or dealership to perform the calibration procedure increasing downtime.”