ILC ARTICLE

Insurance Industry Requirements to enable long-term sustainability of ADAS-equipped vehicles


Thatcham Research, on behalf of its members, has released a set of Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR) for the safe repair of ADAS-equipped vehicles. 

The requirements come as the number of ADAS-enabled vehicles on UK roads reaches 4.5 million, a figure that is set to grow exponentially as carmakers increasingly fit the latest driver assistance technology to new models. 

Richard Billyeald, chief technical officer, Thatcham Research stated: “The correct procedures for the safe repair of vehicles with ADAS, and in what scenarios calibration of the systems themselves is required, has been a long-standing challenge to the automotive repair industry. Today the IIR brings clarity to repairers and enables the long-term sustainability of ADAS-equipped vehicles. 

“Sensor calibration requirements vary greatly from one vehicle to another. But no matter what model is being fixed, it’s essential that manufacturers’ technical specifications are met to reinstate ADAS features safely, without compromising performance.” 

The IIR: the detail 

The IIR confirms that inspection, realignment and calibration requirements must be considered in all situations where ANY of the following is included within the repair, service or maintenance procedure: 

  • ADAS sensors, 
  • parts likely to affect the operation and functionality of ADAS sensors, or 
  • vehicle geometry 

Dean Lander, head of repair sector services, Thatcham Research comments, “The IIR will deliver clarity to bodyshops who need a standardised approach to repairing ADAS. The goal is for ADAS reinstatement to become business as usual, presenting no greater challenge than fitting a new wheel.” 

The requirements establish the key steps repairers must follow to ensure that ADAS continue to function as they did pre-accident, including: 

  • Identifying the presence, or not, of ADAS on the vehicle and ensuring this is recorded 
  • Completing all relevant inspection, realignment and calibration activities as detailed within the repair procedures 
  • Ensuring that calibration results confirm that the sensors are functioning within the vehicle manufacturer’s technical specification 

In addition, repair procedures should clearly identify if inspection, realignment and calibration are required and why; repairs must be carried out by a ‘currently competent person’; and fully verifiable and auditable records should be produced, with a copy provided to the Asset Owner or Work Provider. 

Lander added: “As features like Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Keeping Systems become more and more common, continuing with a disparate approach to ADAS repair is at best inefficient and at worst a threat to road safety.”  

The IIR, the accompanying guidance and more information can be found at: https://www.thatcham.org/insurance-industry-requirements/ 

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