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Thatcham Research launches IMI-accredited course to drive competency in safe ADAS repair

Press release   •   Oct 25, 2019 09:00 BST

View from an infotainment screen of a rear camera calibration set-up
  • Automotive Technician Accreditation to address skills gap in Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) repair
  • Thatcham Research continues its campaign to bring clarity to ADAS repair

Following the launch of industry-first ADAS repair guidelines in May, Thatcham Research is today announcing new IMI-accredited ADAS calibration training designed to close an emerging skills gap.

Thatcham Research, along with other industry stakeholders, worked closely with the IMI to bring this product to market. The accreditation is one mechanism to support proof of competency, a core tenet to both the initial repair guidelines and upcoming ADAS repair Code of Practice.

The new course will provide vital competencies to technicians, including how to interpret information relating to a specific vehicle’s ADAS features and determine the required method of calibration. It will also cover the correct use of tools and equipment and how to identify, locate and follow software-specific recalibration methods.

Dean Lander, Head of Repair Sector Services, Thatcham Research comments, “The evolution, and widespread adoption, of ADAS features on new vehicles presents the whole repair sector with a challenge. It’s paramount that repaired vehicles are returned to customers with these potentially life-saving features operating as they were pre-accident. This course will give technicians the knowledge and skills to do that job and provide peace of mind that ADAS has been reinstated safely.”

More and more vehicles come equipped with ADAS – four million cars on the road today are fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and all the 29 cars tested by Euro NCAP so far this year have at least one ADAS technology fitted as standard.

Driving industry standards

Since the publication of its ‘Managing vehicle repairs involving ADAS’ document, Thatcham Research has been engaged in industry consultation with key industry associations and bodies, including the IMI, SMMT, BVRLA, NBRA and Independent Garage Association.

Lander continues, “We’ve been looking for consensus on the key issues to be addressed. Chief among these are the lack of technical capability and capacity to effectively manage the current volume of ADAS in repair.”

“The process continues as we work towards releasing a Code of Practice at the end of the year, to ensure a sustainable, standardised approach to the repair of ADAS-equipped vehicles.”

Steve Scofield FIMI, Head of Business Development for the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) said:“It is imperative that the ADAS Code of Practice drives technician competence in recalibration, so that vehicles are repaired with safety features such as AEB fully reinstated. Motorists need to have the peace of mind that repairs are done so that ADAS technology remains wholly effective.

“The IMI continues to work with the sector to ensure this competence standard is up to date and assessed in a consistent way. ADAS competence is a global challenge but the UK market, with the support of Thatcham Research, is without doubt leading the way. And, via the ADAS Code of Practice and the TechSafe campaign, the sector is pulling together to provide consumers, wider industry stakeholders and Government with the confidence that vehicle safety and residual values post repair are maintained.’’

Dynamic fitment information

In addition, Thatcham Research has updated its escribe repair methods service with dynamic ADAS fitment information. Users can also better identify sensors and their locations, as well as understand the repair scenarios in which calibration may need to be carried out.

Book a place on the IMI ADAS course here: https://www.thatcham.org/course/imi-adas-preparation-and-assessment/ or call: 01635 293174.

Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety, security & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realise the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’, while driving standards in vehicle security.

As well as its world leading crash and track research, Thatcham Research develops repair methods amongst a number of other products and services within the collision repair industry for insurers, motor manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

In addition, Thatcham Research has administered the Association of British Insurer’s (ABI) Group Rating system for the past 50 years. Group Rating is an advisory system intended to provide insurers with the relative risk of private cars and light commercial vehicles.

A founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Research has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.