Why ADAS calibration is a fantastic workshop investment
Technology is consistently reinventing our industry. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) camera and sensor-based technology help our vehicles to respond to a driving situation in their immediate vicinity. This enhances and automates the areas of the commuting experience that are common for human error. Calibration of any ADAS system is, obviously, critical when we’re relying on these safety systems for their assistance and can be needed after any loss of alignment from, say, hitting the curb or a pothole, going over a speed bump too quickly, or any serious jolt or accident.
Vehicles that have ADAS, notably collision braking, and lane-keep assist systems, require accurate calibration taking into account how the vehicle is moving forwards along its line of thrust. This isn’t as complicated as it sounds, but it is vitally important and anything that causes a loss of wheel alignment – making this measurement invalid – could require post-repair ADAS calibration/aiming.
Sensors use various vehicle data – like information from the steering angle sensor. If the steering angle is changed during wheel alignment, the forward-facing sensor that governs the activation of the lane departure warning might reason that steering wheel is being turned. This would suggest to the vehicle that it should adjust the steering to stay on the road, even though (in actuality) everything is fine, and any correction could seriously increase the risk of an accident.
Adaptive headlights, those that make night driving or dusk/twilight safer by boosting visibility around curves and over hills, invariably have sensors built behind the windscreen, meaning they will need calibration after any windscreen replacement (something most drivers aren’t aware of). The windscreen repair market predicts that there will be at least one Advanced Driver Assistance Systems built into 40% of vehicles on the road by 2020, which affords a massive opportunity for those prepared to invest now in training and workshop equipment.
No ADAS calibration? No MOT.
Anyone who has the capacity to conduct accurate wheel alignment and ADAS adjustment has a significant financial opportunity.
We’re committed to building the workshops of the future and so ADAS is a vital part of our ever-evolving workshop equipment portfolio. We’ve teamed up with the ground-breaking developers at Beissbarth GmbH to be able to offer the cutting-edge workshop equipment needed so that our customers can offer ADAS to their clients, now. From ADAS measurement boards to compatible alignment systems (like the affordable Beissbarth Real 3D), these are used by many of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive business such as BMW, Daimler, Tesla, Ford and others. If you want to service and calibrate systems from these manufacturers, you’ll need the right tools for the job.
The future is here. Is your workshop ready? If you’d like to know more or want to discuss the sales/upsell potential of offering ADAS and wheel alignment systems in the UK, give us a call on 01430 330330 and speak to our experts.
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