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Beyond the Surface: The Hidden Complexity of “Simple” Repairs

Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s just a bumper job?” What used to be an easy, quick repair now may require calibration. And maybe even more than just one. In an era dominated by advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), where 70-80% of the 60 million vehicles on US roads come equipped with such technology, the seemingly simple “Just a bumper job” likely holds more complexity than you might think.

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The Critical Connection: ADAS Calibration and Effective Collision Repair

Maintaining the accuracy of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in the dynamic world of collision repair is paramount. These systems rely on precise alignment to effectively safeguard drivers and passengers. ADAS calibration is the linchpin in this endeavor, ensuring that sensors perceive their surroundings accurately and facilitate seamless operation of safety features.

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Repair: ADAS and the Automatic Braking System

An automatic braking system is a critical component of vehicle safety technology and part of the ADAS ecosystem. It often works with other technologies like pre-collision systems and adaptive cruise control. It is engineered to avert potential collisions or mitigate the impact by slowing down the vehicle when a collision seems imminent. It employs a combination of sensors, such as radar, video, infrared, or ultrasonic, to detect potential obstacles ahead of the vehicle. Once an object is identified, the system engages the brake control to prevent or lessen a collision’s severity.

Despite variances in technology across different car manufacturers, the commonality of these systems lies in the use of sensory input. Depending on the manufacturer, these systems may utilize laser, radar, or video data to ascertain if any objects are present in the vehicle’s path. For instance, the system continually monitors traffic ahead and evaluates collision risks.

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Ensuring Safety and Quality in ADAS Repairs:

The Importance of Using OEM Software and Adhering to OEM Required Procedures


Regarding ADAS repairs, one phrase should echo loudly in the minds of repairers and shop owners: safety, safety. The use of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) software and adherence to OEM procedures is crucial for ensuring the safety of drivers and passengers. Here, we will explore why using OEM software tools in the ADAS repair process is paramount, highlighting its significance for car owners, shop owners, and the overall industry.

Safety, Safety, Safety: The Primary Motivation

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A Simple but Important Tool for ADAS Work – The Battery Maintainer

Smart Express requires a battery support device to be used for all pre and post scan efforts. The primary battery support tool of choice is a battery maintainer.

Scanning and Battery Support: Power, Power, Power

Everything needs power to run. Pre and post-scans require power. And the vehicle’s battery is where you will get the power necessary for scan tools to perform pre and post-diagnostics of a car’s electronic system.

More importantly, a vehicle’s battery only has so much electricity. So what happens to a car’s electronics or devices using electricity when there isn’t enough current to run them? They shut down to avoid damage, are damaged, or stop running correctly.

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Rick Zirbes Discusses ADAS on the Collision Vision Podcast

Taking Your Slice of the Growing ADAS Pie with Rick Zirbes

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The 7 Critical Risks of Not Using OEM Scan Tools

Not using OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) scanning tools for ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems) work pose several dangers and risks, primarily due to the critical nature of these systems in ensuring vehicle safety. They are:

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Importance of OEM Adherence and ADAS Calibration in Vehicle Safety

In this post, we discusses the strategic importance of following OEM repair procedures, using OEM software, and documenting the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) process in the context of overall vehicle safety and performance.

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Why we choose to use OEM scan tools.

Using only OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) scan tools is an easy decision when working with Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). Why the decision is easy comes down to several key points:

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