ADAS – What is it? Does my car have it?

Have you recently had collision repairs completed? Was your Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) properly re-calibrated or aimed? If you don’t know we would be happy to help you figure that out. If you are not sure if your vehicle has ADAS, it most likely does.It is of the upmost importance that the shop you choose to repair your ADAS equipped vehicle is using the repair manual for your specific vehicle as the “letter of the law” when planning repairs, and throughout the repair process. At Total Auto Body we DO NOT cut corners at the request of anybody when it comes to safe and complete repairs.

Here is a list of common ADAS systems and the percentage of vehicles that were equipped with said system sold in the 2016 Model year according to Wards Auto.

  • Rear Camera 15,276,779 Units or 86%
  • Rear Parking Sensors 6,240,918 Units or 35%
  • 360° Camera System 979,846 Units or 6%
  • Blind Spot Detection 5,281,385 Units or 30%
  • Lane Departure Warning 3,465,230 Units or 20%
  • Adaptive Cruise Control 1,967,787 Units or 11%
  • Collision Warning 3,051,239 Units or 17%

Here is a chart created by the National Safety Council depicting the large increase in newer model vehicles with these safety features.

The National Safety Council breaks down the different ADAS Systems into five different groups, as shown below.

Group 1: Forward collision prevention:

Forward collision warning
Automatic emergency braking
Brake assist

Group 2: Lane keeping:

Lane departure warning
Lane keeping assist
Lane centering assist

Group 3: Blind zone detection

Blind spot warning
Blind spot intervention
Lane change merge

Group 4: Forward pedestrian impact avoidance

Pedestrian detection

Group 5: Backing collision avoidance

Reverse automatic braking
Back-up warning
Rear traffic alert

Here is a great link where you can search your vehicle’s safety features by model.

The National Safety Council does a great job depicting the volume and effectiveness of ADAS systems at avoiding collisions, and saving lives.

If you trust your vehicle to a shop that is not prepared to address the advanced systems that come equipped on today’s vehicles you WILL be putting your vehicle and it’s passengers at risk of being subjected to subsequent avoidable collisions. Today’s vehicle is ever changing and should only be trusted with a shop that has the up to date equipment and training required by the manufacturers.

Safety Matters: Damage Inspection After Collision

A dented bumper simple enough, but is there more than meets the eye? Many body shops would repair the cosmetic damage, refinish the bumper, and send the owner on their way. Skipping a full safety and damage inspection potentially endangers the driver and their future passengers.

This particular vehicle came in for a bumper repair. Our standard practice is to research the vehicle manufacturer technical site to find out what safety repairs and damage inspections are required after a collision.  Here is what we found:

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