Friday, 23 July 2021 16:33

ADAS: Here to Stay, Not Driving Away

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com


...do they work with collision centers.


“Your audiences are different. How you approach things is different. How you’re going to get into this whole thing is different,” he said.


Jacques Navant, technical director for frogitout and Don’s Mobile Glass and chairperson of the Auto Glass Safety Council’s (AGSC) ADAS Calibration Committee, said the committee is planning CE courses for shop owners, fleet managers, technicians and insurance providers.


“So we’ll be able to kind of take all the shade and shadows off of all things ADAS,” Navant said. “And really educate everyone involved.”


Bob Beranek, president of Automotive Glass Consultants, began in the industry in 1973 as a tech and is the AGSC’s AGRSS Standards Committee chair.


“Because ADAS is a major part of the automotive design of the future, we have to address it,” Beranek said "… we’re going to need to develop parts of our standard to address the issue.”


Navant said the industry keeps hearing the future is now. His son is about to start driving, and he will be operating vehicles maintained to the standards set forth by the industry now.


“But holistically as [an industry], we have a long way to go to catch up to the technology in these vehicles,” Newell said.


Guiterrez added that not only does the collision repair industry need to catch up to technology in vehicles, “the customer is as naïve with what they have in their car like everybody else.”


Nobody is ready for the technology coming out in vehicles right now, according to Guiterrez.


Tara Taffera, AGRR editorial director, moderated the session, and asked the panelists what myths they would like to end. Newell's choice was the myth that if a light does not come on in the dashboard warning of a problem in a car, nothing is wrong.


Lesniak cited myths about liability. “If you worked on the car, you’re liable,” he said.


Jackson said the glass is not always the problem and warned, “Your ego is not always your amigo.”


During a question-and-answer period, Taffera asked the panelists why a shop should not pursue ADAS. Newell said proper space and environment, as well as training, are necessary.


“If you can’t do it correctly, don’t do it at all,” he said.


Jackson said shops that want to cut corners should not pursue ADAS.


“They should. Every shop should,” Beranek said.


“It’s here, it’s part of us, it’s not going away,” Lesniak said.


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