The ADAS systems on a vehicle provide critical safety functions. Repairers, therefore, must ensure that any repairs that directly involve, or impact ADAS sensors, are carried out so that the safety and functionality of the vehicle is not compromised.
With the rapid expansion of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in the automotive market it has become imperative that the repair industry increases technical capability and capacity to manage these systems in all forms of vehicle repair.
It is widely recognised within the industry that without any form of standardisation the automotive industries capability to manage ADAS in repair, of any kind, is being severely compromised. This is a situation that Thatcham believes all sectors of the industry, including repairers, insurers, equipment suppliers and vehicle manufacturers are experiencing and all will be essential parties in forming the solutions required to protect the consumers safety.
With this recognition in mind in May 2019 Thatcham Research produced a position paper entitled “Managing vehicle repairs involving Advanced Driver Assistance Systems”. At the same time Thatcham Research commenced work on developing a Code of Practice that will support and inform the industry to meet this challenge. However, to ensure the outcome provides an implementable solution industry wide consultation is being sought.
By working with industry membership organisations – Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), National Body Repairers Association (NBRA), Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), Independent Garage Association (IGA), Garage Equipment Association (GAE) British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and representations from the Motor Insurance Engineers Technical Committee (ETC) Thatcham is seeking to gain industry input. They have invited representatives from these groups to form a committee to support a review of industry feedback to help make a robust and fit for future Code of Practice.
The committee’s aspiration is to publish a code of practice in December 2019. To achieve this, your support as a member of this industry is being sought to provide timely input with actionable comments on the drafts as they are circulated.
The expected timeframes for the consultation are as follows:
- Committee formed, and principals of consultation agreed: 20th June 2019
- 1st Industry feedback window: 1st July 2019 to 26th July 2019
- Feedback to be collated and reviewed by: 27th August 2019
- ADAS Committee convening: 28th August 2019
- Refine code to reflect committee agreements: 2nd September 2019
- 2nd Industry feedback window: 9th September 2019 to 27th September
- ADAS Committee Convening: 29th October 2019
- Refine code to reflect committee agreements: 15th November 2019.
A draft copy of the proposed code of practice, which has been indexed to allow for easy reference, is attached as is a supporting spreadsheet designed to structure feedback into a common format. When providing feedback, Individuals are encouraged to think more in relation to how they feel the market should work to ensure all vehicles are repaired safely ensuring all functions and features are reinstated to their expected performance.
Only feedback received in the format given and sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org, can be accepted.