John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).

He can be contacted at john@crashnetwork.com 

Tuesday, 08 February 2022 11:17

Remote Scanning Companies Foresee More ADAS Calibrations for Auto Body Shops in the Future

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Nick Dominato, a senior vice president at asTech, said he believes collision repairers should be prepared for automakers to broaden their ADAS calibration requirements.

“Because the automakers understand that vehicles are being marketed, sold, driven and experienced via those advanced driver assistance features, and it’s important for safety and the customer experience that those things work after a collision,” Dominato said during a CIECA webcast in January.


He said OEM service information that may have initially called for calibration only after a sensor is removed or replaced, for example, now may say---as in the case of Nissan---that radar sensors must be calibrated “after any repair situation to the front of the vehicle that would cause the radar sensor to be shifted, removed, reinstalled or jolted in the collision.”


Honda in 2017 called for calibration of camera or radar units when they had been removed or replaced, after a front-end collision or when doors were adjusted or replaced. By 2021, those requirements had been broadened to call for calibrations after a windshield is removed or replaced, and after any structural body repair.


“Again, moving from a narrower calibration requirement of only when you touch the sensors, to these broader calibration requirements that reflect the concern that a sensor might have been jolted or shifted or moved,” Dominato said.


He was asked if he foresees automakers shifting toward more self-calibrating systems. He said most sensors have some self-calibration capability, but that post-collision calibrations are not likely to go away.


“A sensor may be able to compensate for mechanical wear and tear, settling of the suspension, or some bumper warping as a result of cold winters or hot summers, things of that nature,” he said. “But when we’re talking about a quarter panel that’s being replaced, or an impact bar that’s smashed as a result of a front-end collision, I don’t think the technology is ever going to get to a place where it can completely self-calibrate.”


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