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SMH Fleet Solutions invests in ADAS to speed up vehicle refurb process

SMH Fleet Solutions is cutting at least 48 hours from accident damage repairs after making a six-figure investment in new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) recalibration equipment and training.

The tech will speed up the refurbishment process, cutting at least 48 hours from accident repairs

The new systems were successfully trialled at the company’s operation in Gloucester and have now been installed at SMH’s four remaining sites across the UK.

The tech will speed up the refurbishment process, enhancing its ability to provide fast and flexible repairs.

Quality director Mark Elliott explained: “The new ADAS recalibration technology will save at least 48 hours from the refurbishment process where accident damage needs to be repaired. In a dynamic market, we must provide fleets with fast and responsive service.”

One of a series of IT and technology investments across its operations, the Bosch system allows SMH to meet OEM requirements for collision repairs, maintenance and servicing where the sensors of an advanced driver assistance system must be readjusted and calibrated accurately.

Agreed in August 2020, the Thatcham Research Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR) came into effect in March 2021, ensuring the safe repair of vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Repairers are required to use a diagnostic tool to identify the presence, or not, of ADAS on the vehicle and ensure this is recorded and complete all relevant inspection, realignment and calibration activities as detailed within the repair procedures.

The move comes as the number of ADAS-enabled vehicles on UK roads reaches 4.5 million, a figure that will continue to grow as driver assistance technology advances.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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