Implementing ADAS Calibration: 6 ADAS Challenges Most Shops Face (and What to Do About Them)

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Nearly all new cars include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. Along with this ADAS technology comes automotive sensors (radar, lidar, and camera) that require sensor calibration after windshield replacement, fender benders, and common repair situations. While many vehicles on the road do not have these systems, it’s only a matter of time. Meanwhile, the automotive service and repair industry will be evolving over the next few years to properly service each new ADAS-equipped vehicle.

With the increase in demand for ADAS recalibration, many shop owners and automotive professionals are looking to add another profit center to their business by performing calibrations in-house, in their existing repair facility. But, adding ADAS calibration services to your shop is not always a smooth process. Here are a few challenges that most shops face when implementing ADAS calibrations into their business:

Challenge #1: Site Viability and Space Constraints

One of the biggest hurdles auto shop owners face is limited space. Static ADAS calibrations require a very specific environment. Not just any open vehicle bay will do. To perform most calibrations, you need the following:

  • a level floor or integrated alignment rack
  • controlled lighting
  • space measuring at least 30 feet x 50 feet

Space will be the limiting factor for many existing mechanical and collision repair shops that weren’t built to accommodate this type of static calibration. This is a big reason why standalone calibration centers are the solution for many looking at getting started in an ADAS business.

Read More: ADAS Calibration Requirements for Facility Space, Lighting, and More

Challenge #2: ADAS Training and Ongoing Education

Techs trained to do ADAS calibrations are hard to come by. Only 1 in 4 auto shops offers calibration services in-house. If you are planning to offer calibration services, a reliable training source for your staff is important. Beyond that, you need plans to keep your staff apprised of future policy and procedural changes. Where will your ongoing education come from? This is just another obstacle when implementing ADAS.

Challenge #3: ADAS Calibration Equipment

Finding and purchasing the right ADAS calibration equipment and software tools for your business can be challenging. This takes lots of careful research. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all equipment ADAS calibration tool solution. Due to the complexity of OEM vehicle manufacturer standards, there is nothing close. Finding the most relevant equipment for your business is key but researching OEM and aftermarket options can be time-consuming and confusing.

Read More: Basic Guide to ADAS Calibration Equipment

Challenge #4: Management Software Tools

As a decision-maker, you know that the right management software can provide useful data that improves workflows. But, how do you choose the right one on the first try? When getting started in the ADAS business, you need software that will do several things including the following:

  • document calibration processes
  • provide a customer portal with online scheduling
  • gain useful, relevant reporting data for your business

Along with management software for your calibration center, you also need to select an estimating tool to use in your shop. An estimating tool helps techs identify when calibration is needed and helps document it.

Challenge #5: Auditing and Quality Control

To cover your liabilities, you need a detailed record of what you performed, including who, what, when, where, and why. You also need to have some form of quality control. What will you do to ensure that your techs are properly calibrating vehicles? What kind of checks will you put in place? These are all decisions that need to be made before you open shop.

Additional Resource: ADAS Calibration Workflow

Challenge #6: Ongoing ADAS Calibration Support

Whether you’re opening a calibration center or introducing ADAS calibration to your existing business, you need to think about support. When issues arise, how will your techs get help? You will need to have an in-house, on-call expert, affiliation with a third-party service, or a service membership. The ADAS calibration process requires very precise measurements on complicated systems, using complex tools. The need for ongoing tech support is critical. But, it’s also another task on your growing ADAS calibration implementation to-do list.

An ADAS Calibration Solution

You can let these 6 challenges get in your way — or you can get help. At Car ADAS Solutions, we help our customers set up and operate calibration centers and have solutions for all 6 of these issues, including:

  1. Site certification
  2. ADAS technician training
  3. ADAS equipment consulting
  4. Management software for ADAS calibrations
  5. QC and auditing software and procedures
  6. Ongoing ADAS calibration support solutions

Access a ready-made ADAS calibration business framework, industry expertise, and ongoing support. Learn about owning an ADAS calibration center.

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