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Stacey Phillips is an award-winning writer for the automotive industry based in Southern California. She has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and writer and has assisted a wide range of businesses and fields. In addition, Stacey has co-authored two books.

 

She can be reached at stacey@radiantwriting.com. 

 
Friday, 05 August 2022 13:26

Best Body Shops' Tips: How to Profit from ADAS Services and Calibration---It's Not Just About the Targets

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Frank Terlep recommends a properly outfitted ADAS services and calibration business facility should ensure all calibration procedures are performed indoors without obstructions or uneven surface shadows. Frank Terlep recommends a properly outfitted ADAS services and calibration business facility should ensure all calibration procedures are performed indoors without obstructions or uneven surface shadows. Courtesy of LaMettrey’s Collision, Glass & More.

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Industry statistics show nearly 50% of the North American car parc will be Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)-equipped by 2025. By 2030, the percentage of ADAS-equipped vehicles will be more than 75%.

With the overwhelming growth in this area, Frank Terlep, co-founder of Auto Techcelerators, said collision repair facilities are currently faced with many challenges conducting ADAS services and calibrations.

 

The first is location. Based on industry data, Terlep said 80% of collision repair facilities do not have the required space to perform these services. They also need a business operating system, trained personnel and equipment, which includes targeting systems, diagnostic tools, alignment systems, vehicle lifts and more.

 

One of the biggest challenges is identifying a vehicle’s ADAS technologies and required calibrations, which Terlep noted most shops do poorly.

 

He shared a February finding from Honda that identified 80% of appraisals processed through CCC Intelligent Solutions that needed a calibration did not include a line item related to calibration.

 

During a recent webinar sponsored by Auto Techcelerators, Terlep shared some of what he believes are the requirements to run a properly outfitted ADAS services and calibration business.

 

Established in 2019, Auto Techcelerators assists the automotive, collision, glass, insurance and truck industries to properly estimate, calibrate and validate ADAS systems, repairs and calibrations. The company’s Test Drive CoPilot™ platform was chosen as one of 15 semifinalist solutions in the 10th annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Annual Launch Pad Competition.

 

The Facility

 

For businesses planning to perform 10 or more calibrations or ADAS repairs per day, Terlep advised facilities allocate at least 4,000 square feet.

 

“If you are going to do calibrations properly, you can’t do them in a parking lot, under a tree or in space where there isn’t enough room for targets to be the proper distance,” he explained.

 

Terlep recommended setting up...


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