LEESBURG, Va. — The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is looking into ways to assess auto technicians' competency "accurately and fairly" in diagnosing, repairing, replacing and calibrating Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) and their components.
To that end, the ASE has scheduled an invitation-only conference for mid-September where participants from vehicle manufacturers, ADAS suppliers, employers, technicians and industry associations in the automobile, medium/heavy truck and collision repair sectors will be able to offer their input.
Using results from this conference, the ASE will develop a plan for testing the competency of technicians working on ADAS, including sensors, cameras, radar, LiDAR, modules and CAN bus communication networks, the Leesburg-based institute said.
While technicians have been diagnosing, repairing or replacing these components on other vehicle systems for some time, it is understood that the structure of different manufacturers' ADAS, the procedures to calibrate the systems and the tooling are diverse, the ASE said.
Currently, questions on various elements of ADAS technology appear on several appropriate ASE certification exams, the ASE said.
A launch timetable will be determined based on additional workshops held to develop the scope and the number of assessments required for the ADAS body of knowledge.
The ASE did not disclose the dates or venue for the meeting.