ADAS Mar/Apr 2021

UK IIR Issued ADAS Insurance Industry Requirements

Auto Windscreens is ready for the introduction of new ‘Insurance Industry Requirements (IIR) for the safe repair of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) equipped vehicles.

Thatcham Research, a not for profit insurer-funded research center, published its UK Insurance IIR, which has a specific guidance on calibration. The guidelines will aim to provide the British motor insurance and repair industries with clarity to ensure the safe calibration and repair of ADAS-equipped vehicles. Auto Windscreen’s release states that this will require companies to ensure individuals working on these systems are competent, aftermarket calibration equipment is fit for purpose and all details of the process are recorded.

“The automotive industry is extremely fast-paced, and we’re well qualified to equal the pace,” said Tony Green, Auto Windscreens technical training head. “The IIR will be no different, and we’re ready for it.

“We’ve continually made significant investments, especially over the past two years, with all our technicians undertaking specific training and ADAS NVQ qualifications to ensure they’re up-to-date with innovations and developments. We’re primed and ready, and with the ADAS market expected to grow significantly over the next few years, it’s more important than ever that we continue to stay ahead of the game.”

Training Required to Maximize ADAS Safety Benefit

IAM Roadsmart is calling for “comprehensive” training on the use of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

It follows the publication of a highly influential report by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) entitled ‘How to maximize the road safety benefits of ADAS’, which found that most users do not receive any training when first encountering ADAS but have to rely on information from the user manual, and most alarmingly by applying a ‘trial-and-error’ method.

“Advanced Driver Assistance Systems have the potential to improve road safety, but only if used correctly,” said Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart policy and research director. “If used incorrectly, not least without a full understanding of what the systems are and are not capable of, they can have the opposite effect, with potentially worrying consequences for all road users. IAM RoadSmart believes the time has now come to include a comprehensive lesson from every car dealer supplying vehicles and further, for more about ADAS to be included in the UK driving test. This is crucial as these tools begin to be supplied as standard on an increasing number of vehicles.”

Research from Autoglass, a Belron company headquartered in the UK, found that almost a quarter of drivers with ADAS enabled vehicles said they were not provided with any information about the importance of these features and how they work. The survey of almost 1,400 drivers also found that 41% intentionally switch off safety systems while driving.

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