The co-founder and chief development officer of Smart Express talks about the current state and future of ADAS.

Welcome listeners, to another captivating episode of The Collision Vision, hosted by Autobody News. In this episode, we have a special guest: Rick Zirbes, the brilliant co-founder and chief development officer of Smart Express. Rick's expertise and experience in the industry is unmatched.

Episode Overview

Prepare to be fascinated as we dive into Rick's captivating background. From his days as a skilled technician to becoming an esteemed instructor, Rick's journey has been nothing short of remarkable. He'll share intriguing stories about working with electrical components and navigating safety issues. Get ready to be transported to an era when repair procedures were documented using physical notes, only to be replaced by the advent of electronic technologies.

But that's not all---Rick's involvement with I-CAR, SkillsUSA, ASE and various committees has allowed him to gain invaluable insights into the future of the industry. Later the conversation shifts to Rick's current role at Smart Express. He explains their groundbreaking approach to full cycle ADAS repair, using cutting-edge OE software and tools. It's a fascinating glimpse into the world of advanced driver-assistance systems.

Rick's insights into ADAS calibration are eye-opening. He stresses the significance of this responsibility and warns against enticing promises from third-party tool providers. To ensure the utmost safety and quality, he emphasizes the importance of using OE tools and trusting industry experts who prioritize your well-being over shortcuts and compromised repairs.

Throughout the episode, you'll be captivated by the evolving technology landscape Rick has experienced during his career in the collision repair industry. From LiDAR to advanced safety features like airbags and sensors, the focus on protecting occupants has brought about significant changes. Discover why older cars aren't always safer than their smaller, newer counterparts, and gain a glimpse into the future---where sensors, AI and deductive reasoning will propel us toward self-reliant vehicles.

Key Takeaways

1. It is crucial to adhere to OEM procedures.
2. Repair shops face a consistent need. It is only getting more expensive to operate a successful body shop.
3. There is zero justification to perform repairs incorrectly.

Don't miss out on this enlightening episode of The Collision Vision. Head over to your favorite podcast platform and tune in now. Like, share and subscribe to the Collision Vision podcast as we continue to explore the ever-evolving collision repair industry.

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