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Solving The Puzzle of ADAS Before You Repair Anything

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 08:00
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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or as they’re more commonly known – ADAS, is changing. What you knew how to repair two years ago is changing and growing in number of systems. 

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From Adaptive Cruise Control and back-up cameras/sensors to adaptive headlights in the early 2000s, to emergency braking, pedestrian detection, drowsy driver detection and Night Vision since 2010, there are numerous systems on late-model vehicles that fall into the ADAS category. 

That presents a real problem for many technicians and even service writers today. Not only are these systems increasing in number, each individual system could be known by multiple names depending on the automaker. 

Ben Johnson, director of product management with Mitchell 1, says this really is where the challenges begin. “We want to make sure when we’re finished with a repair the vehicle is returned to safe operation,” he says. “But there are so many of these systems, and the vehicle manufacturers are (so far) inconsistent with even what they call them!”

He’s right. That chart is hard to read (trust us, it’s a lot of information when it’s full-sized or even magnified!), but each system in the left column is known by a different name based on OEM in the top row. (Watch now: Get Ready to Repair ADAS-equipped Vehicles.)

• Collision Warning Indicator: Forward Collision Warning System and Brake Support (Ford), Pre-Collision System (Toyota), Forward Collision Alert System (GMC). 

• Automatic City Braking: Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Control (Nissan), Automatic Emergency Braking System with Pedestrian Detection (Hyundai), Active City Stop (Ford), 

• Lane Assist: Lane Keep Assist (Chevrolet), Steering Assist (Toyota), Lane Sense (Jeep), Lane Keeping Assist System (Kia). 

And that’s just a few of the examples. It’s a lot to take in for any technician or service advisor working to order the proper parts and create an accurate estimate. The challenges extend to when these systems need calibration and how that’s done. Most require scan tools to support the calibrations. 

Johnson covers a lot of this in the new webinar Get Ready to Repair ADAS-equipped Vehicles. The free webinar is available now, and features information on ADAS systems, what they are (and they aren’t), space and targets needed for systems and what to add to your diagnostic processes to make sure you are finding the right information for these repairs every time. 

ADAS will continue to grow, and every shop across the country will have to make changes to service them properly. This webinar provides you insight now to prepare for the future. 

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