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Tuesday, 26 January 2021 19:01

Five Automotive Trends to Watch in 2021

Written by Ryan Mandell

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...more than seven diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), making pre- and post-scanning critical to properly restoring a vehicle’s safety systems.

 

The increased pervasiveness of diagnostics is a positive trend for all industry stakeholders. Repairers rely on diagnostic scanning and recalibrations to help verify that safety systems are operating appropriately. And for insurers, scanning and recalibration help validate that a vehicle has been properly restored.

 

It’s not out of the realm of possibility to expect a near universal application of diagnostics in collision repair by this time next year.

 

Increased Focus on Glass

 

Once considered a niche segment of the collision repair industry, glass is rapidly becoming a core component of proper, safe vehicle repair. The average number of labor hours categorized as “glass” has increased by just over 27% since 2018 based on Mitchell’s data from glass estimates.

 

Additionally, calibration of the front-facing cameras mounted behind windshields has become more common, with many manufacturers releasing position statements that require such calibrations even when the windshield itself is not removed.

 

The average number of labor hours categorized as “glass” has increased by just over 27% since 2018 based on Mitchell’s data from glass estimates.

 

Adding to the growing importance of glass in collision repair is the evolution of Heads-Up-Display (HUD) technology. HUD provides a form of augmented reality projected on the windshield, giving the driver greater real-time connectedness to the vehicle’s safety systems.

 

Analysts expect the use of HUD technology to increase, with an anticipated 31.3% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between now and 2025. They also predict...


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