It's the first weeks of September and just days away from the official start of the fall season.
But this year brings more automotive technology to shop owners and technicians, alike, other than the traditional transition of summer to winter maintenance and prep.
It's around this time of year that the testing gurus at the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) promised us the "official" launch of the L4 advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) certification test. And it appears that they are on track to produce what was promised.
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Last month, I was fortunate to be part of the ASE-L4 pass-score study group, at ASE's Virginia headquarters.
Along with nine-other automotive professionals, we scrutinized a grouping of multiple-choice options. The initial test launch in May was 80 questions.
Our job was to review the ASE revised, almost-official 40-question test for accuracy with the Virginia-based talent guiding the process. It's all about ASE's delivering a comprehensive exam that challenges test-takers' knowledge.
The quiz isn't a "trick-or-treat" experience, either. For decades techs near and far have passed around the rumor about purposely misleading exams — the key to their failing grade on the assessment.
As I said before, nothing could be further from the truth.