While EV and hybrid vehicles are something all businesses should prepare for, too few garages realise the more immediate opportunities available to them such as calibrating and repairing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Many garages shy away from ADAS, either not knowing enough about the technology or being unaware of its growing potential within the aftermarket. Since 2016, Euro NCAP has included ADAS systems in its testing, with active safety now essential to achieving its much desired five-star safety rating.
ADAS is featured in the majority of new cars, which is not just a challenge for the aftermarket, but an important opportunity to maintain proficiency in servicing all vehicle systems. ADAS is arguably just as important as a vehicle’s brakes or steering to driver and occupant safety, as Workshop Solutions director, Adam White explains. “ADAS, as the name suggests, are important safety measures to reduce the likelihood of traffic incidents between vehicles, other road users, pedestrians and cyclists.
“While many focus on electric and hybrid vehicle training, a more immediate opportunity is available to garages who establish an expertise in ADAS. With the technology set to increase across the UK [and Ireland] car parc, now is the perfect time to develop the capabilities that will only become increasingly sought after.”
White believes that more could be done by all across the aftermarket. From information and training to working on the technology, increased awareness and activity is crucial as the number of ADAS-equipped vehicles continue to grow. Whether sending it to another garage down the road or performing recalibrations and repairs in-house, all workshops need somewhere to do ADAS work. The consequences of neglecting these systems could be significant.
White adds: “If a system isn’t recalibrated following a repair, motorists accustomed to relying on it may be caught out. We have come across situations where a garage has taken the bumper of a newer vehicle to gain easier access to the engine bay, unaware that they were removing a radar system. After finishing their work and replacing the bumper, they failed to recalibrate the system – potentially a very dangerous and costly mistake.”
While there is currently no official requirement, it is highly recommended that everyone who carries out ADAS work is correctly trained.
White concludes: “Everyone knows about hybrid and electric vehicles and the role they will play in the future. But, garages and their technicians are overlooking the rapidly growing parallel ADAS.
“The rise of autonomous vehicles begins with the widespread growth of ADAS. If we want to keep motorists safe, the aftermarket needs to stay up to date of the latest automotive technologies and adapt quickly.”