UK: New Insurance Rules Established for the Repair of ADAS-equipped Vehicles
Thatcham Research has released a set of Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR) that will ensure 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 at Thatcham Research, said: “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. Read 5 powerful blogs every fleet manager or owner should read
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“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 confirms that inspection, realignment, and calibration requirements must be considered in all situations where ADAS sensors, parts likely to affect the operation and functionality of ADAS sensors, or vehicle geometry are involved in the repair and can include the replacement of the vehicle’s windscreen. Find out more about How Accurate is GPS Speed in a Vehicle Tracking System?
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. Explore more about Effective Data and Cyber Security Measures in Vehicle Management & Connected Cars
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.
Steve Nash, CEO of The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), said: “Both the ADAS Guidance and Insurance Industry Requirements for ADAS align to the IMI belief that, it is of paramount importance to enable the sector to deliver on its obligation for safe repair and in addition to building trust with consumers.
“Furthermore, both initiatives align with the IMI Campaigns for Change and TechSafe initiatives, which provide clarity for all stakeholders with an interest in ensuring competence during vehicle maintenance and repair activities, including ADAS."
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