1Collision Tours I-CAR’S Chicago Technical Center

Joel Dufkis, I-CAR ADAS and EV instructor, provides a tour of the EV lab, introducing 1Collision to an EV cart used to simulate safely disconnecting a high-voltage battery.

1Collision and I-CAR® (the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) partnered for an education-focused event at the Chicago Technical Center to bring focus to the latest technology impacting collision repair shops today, ADAS-equipped vehicles and electric vehicles (EV).

As a network of collision repair facilities focused on high levels of customer service and operational excellence, 1Collision collaborated with I-CAR so its facility owners and partners could see firsthand how a location should prepare or improve upon ADAS and EV-related services inside I-CAR’s ADAS and EV labs.

The full day was complete with multiple facility tours, an in-depth technical information presentation from Bud Center, director of technical products and curriculum development, and presentations from Greg Peeters, CEO of Car ADAS Solutions, an I-CAR sustaining partner, Frank Terlep, vice president of ADAS solutions at Opus IVS, and Brandon Eckenrode, executive director of the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

“The Day at I-CAR event, as part of our 2023 1Collision Chicago Summit, was a dynamic and valuable experience for all in attendance,” said Jim Keller, president and COO of 1Collision. “Location owners and strategic partners witnessed the latest in collision repair technologies and education that will be driving collision repair both today and in the future. Special thanks to Bud Center, Lisa Ferguson and the entire I-CAR and Chicago Technical Center leadership and staff for a very dynamic and memorable experience.”

“We’re proud to aid 1Collision in their collective objective. The Appleton and Chicago Technical Centers are investments in our industry’s technical infrastructure,” said Associate Vice President of Collision Repair Terry Ticel. “With advanced technology impacting all corners of the industry, I-CAR’s role is to support every collision repair professional so that they’re armed with the resources, knowledge and skills to survive and thrive the Technical Tsunami™.”

Nearly one year after it opened, the Chicago Technical Center is home to a welding lab, a flex lab for research and partner use, an ADAS lab and an EV lab, both of which host I-CAR’s award-winning multi-day ADAS and EV Hands-On Skills Development™ courses and were built to drive the industry forward with solutions that address emerging technologies.

Source: I-CAR

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