Camera and radar calibration the new necessity

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Putting their CSC-Tool to work, Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) visited the MTA’s Training and Employment Centre in Royal Park recently to demonstrate the future of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) recalibration.

Click here or the image above to see Hella Gutmann at the MTA.

Apprentices, trainers and Capricorn staff got a taste for what will soon become a regular feature in collision repair workshops nationwide.

Essentially all new vehicles are now being equipped with some form of modern driver-assist technology, such as distance regulation, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and lane-change assist just to name a few.

In fact, by 2030, the European Union have forecast that 54% of the entire car fleet running on Europe's roads will be equipped with ADAS.

The automotive businesses which are servicing and repairing these vehicles therefore have a duty of care to ensure if windscreens, mirrors or bumpers are being altered, the radars, lidars and cameras in them are recalibrated correctly.

Even being out by the slightest margin can affect how different systems talk to each other and potentially display incorrect results – being such an integral part to the vehicle, specialising in this are going forward opens a raft of opportunity.

HGS performed an example calibration on a Toyota Kluger, encouraging the apprentices to line-up the wheel clamps and green line lasers to ensure the front reference board was exactly level. The system then checks all sensors are aligned correctly, all taking less than half an hour to complete.

All major makes and models are available in the HGS system and as new technology is developed, updated systems can be added to the kit.

There are still questions to be answered when it comes to aftermarket modifications to new cars and how these affect alignment, but one thing is for sure – the technology is here to stay and it is a huge opportunity for the automotive industry to get on the front foot in regards to maintaining driver safety and customer satisfaction.

The MTA’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO) team is keen to integrate this type of training into our current curriculum given the rising number of ADAS in modern cars, preparing our students for the future of automotive repair – watch this space.