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 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.