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Gary Ledoux

Auto body associations had been around since the 1940s.

Most people in the auto collision industry agree that the collision industry was born around 1946.

The American fleet had grown exponentially by the 1970s.

After a car collision occurs, one must figure out how to get their car repaired, arrange alternative transportation and so on.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), a computer-aided means of keeping a vehicle in its lane and preventing or mitigating collisions, is a relatively new concept in the automotive world and even newer for the trucking world.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 16:42

In Reverse: The Birth of I-CAR

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As I-CAR celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we thought it only fitting to provide some insight into the organization’s natal beginnings.

People have been repairing collision-damaged trucks since August Fruehauf stuck a trailer behind a Ford Model T in 1914 to create the first semi-trailer rig.

 

Truck Topics is a new series of articles seen periodically in Autobody News that is dedicated to the collision side of the heavy duty truck market.

 

We see them all the time---semi trucks, trailers, buses, RVs, dump trucks and other pieces of heavy equipment wrecked in what had to be a horrendous crash.

 

If the 1940s and 1950s marked the industry’s earliest “modern” beginnings and the 1960s signified the industry’s “grammar school” years, the 1970s could be seen as its teenage years.

 

By the mid-1950s, more than a million Americans had been in car accidents and died on the nation’s roads and highways.