ADAS - Time to get ahead of the competition
94% of all road accidents are caused by human error – either dangerous choices or mistakes made behind the wheel - and the European Council are looking to reduce this significantly by introducing new rules by 2022. These will apply to UK drivers whether we leave the EU or not.
Under these new rules, new vehicles registered in 2022 and beyond must be equipped with the following safety features:
- Intelligent speed assistance
- Alcohol interlock installation facilitation
- Driver drowsiness and attention warning systems
- Advanced driver distraction warning systems
- Emergency stop signals
- Reversing detection systems
- Event data recorders
- Accurate tyre pressure monitoring.
And for cars and vans:
- Advanced emergency braking systems
- Emergency lane-keeping systems
- Enlarged head impact protection zones capable of mitigating injuries in collisions with vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists
In 2020, 50% of new registered cars were equipped with ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) such as the ones mentioned above, but with these new rules looming, this percentage is set to shoot up.
ADAS are proven to reduce road fatalities by minimizing human error. Safety features are designed to avoid accidents and collisions by offering technologies that alert the driver to problems, implementing safeguards, and taking control of the vehicle if necessary.
These systems must be calibrated to ensure accuracy whenever:
- The windscreen is replaced
- The cameras or radars are replaced
- A collision has occurred (even a small bump whilst parking)
- Bodywork repairs are carried out, such as replacing the bumper
- Vehicle suspension is adjusted
- Wheel alignment is carried out
- Tyre size is changed
- An ADAS warning light displays on the dashboard
With a huge percentage of vehicles soon to be needing ADAS calibrations, now is the ideal time for garages and bodyshops to invest in suitable equipment to allow them to carry out this work and ensure they are not missing out on around £250 per ADAS calibration.