Mike Anderson

mike anderson autobody newsMike Anderson is the president and owner of Collision Advice, a consulting company for the auto body/collision repair industry. For nearly 25 years, he was the owner of Wagonwork Collision Center, an OEM-certified, full-service auto body repair facility in Alexandria, VA.

Tuesday, 02 March 2021 08:11

From the Desk of Mike Anderson: Nissan Launches ADAS Calibration Course

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Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) calibrations are an increasingly important part of a safe and proper repair, and that may prove a challenge for collision shops that lack relevant training and equipment.

For those ready for some OEM hands-on training, Nissan recently launched an ADAS calibration course.


Just as some automakers offer training on how to work with their particular aluminum structural components, ADAS and calibrations are just as important and unique to each automaker.


Certainly, more shops are wanting to do a greater share of this work in-house because subletting it can add complications and negatively impact cycle time. Sometimes there are even concerns whether those doing the sublet work are doing it properly.


I know shops are eager for more OEM training related to ADAS. We surveyed nearly 400 shops last summer and found 74% would be interested in hands-on calibration training offered by an automaker. One respondent said after months of being holed up because of COVID, the training could be in Antarctica and he’d still want to go.


Even among those who said they weren’t interested at the time, many said this was only a temporary view because of COVID concerns or because they’d taken a revenue hit last spring.


I shared my findings with some of my contacts at various automakers, and Nissan jumped right on it. I asked Mark Zoba, manager of Nissan and INFINITI’s Certified Collision Repair Networks, if I could publish our conversation about his focus on OEM-specific advanced training.


Full disclosure: My company worked with Nissan and asTech to adapt this training for the collision industry.


Anderson: Tell me more about how Nissan views ADAS, and how important it is for shops to know how to repair this advanced technology.


Zoba: ADAS is an important element of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility (NIM) initiatives to deliver real benefits to drivers. As a result, Nissan is pushing to make more ADAS technologies accessible to all of our vehicle owners.


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