If you keep up with industry trends, chances are you've seen a lot of discussion about ADAS recently. We've been talking about it here and here on our blog. The fact is, understanding ADAS will be critical to repairing new vehicles, so if you don't know much about it yet, it's time.
The basics of ADAS.
ADAS is an acronym for "automated driver-assistance systems."
These systems are powerful, intelligent cameras and sensors designed to keep drivers safe on the road. You're probably already familiar with some examples, like lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control or automatic emergency braking—but the possibilities of ADAS are endless.
The ultimate example of ADAS technology is the autonomous, or self-driving, vehicle. While manufacturers, regulators and consumers alike aren't quite ready to make autonomous vehicles the norm, many other safety features will be. And soon.
There are already an estimated 60 million vehicles on the road that incorporate some ADAS component. This shift from structural safety features to technological ones will only continue to make an impact on how we approach vehicle repairs, especially after a collision.
ADAS can be divided into two categories: vision systems and radar systems.
Vision systems recognize and track potential hazards on the road using onboard cameras and complex algorithms.
Radar systems work to calculate the distance, velocity and positioning of approaching vehicles or obstacles.
Repairing both of these systems requires using equipment that can identify the sensors and calibrate them back to their factory settings. As you look ahead to 2020 and the future of your shop, consider how you might handle these repairs and whether you need to invest in some new equipment.
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