DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — Those attending the SEMA Show in Las Vegas next week can bone up on best practices for servicing vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) at a hands-on exhibit hosted by the SEMA Garage.
"The SEMA Garage area will help showgoers understand what the SEMA Garages offer and how we can help them bring products to market," Mike Mohacsi, SEMA vice president, product development and OEM relations, said.
The SEMA Garage exhibit — a 6,600-sq.-ft. space on the upper floor of the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center — will host a variety of ADAS-related products for examination and review along with live recalibration demonstrations throughout the week.
SEMA Garage personnel will guide attendees through the step-by-step process of integrating ADAS protocols into the workplace, SEMA said, and visitors will be able to gain hands-on experience with ADAS tools and equipment.
"SEMA Garages are on the forefront of research with new ADAS and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards along with EV standards," Mohacsi said. "We are excited to share our research and technology during the SEMA Show."
The exhibit will draw on the expertise of those working at SEMA Garage Detroit, which features an ADAS Technology Center.
Rapid adoption of ADAS features presents vehicle modifiers with opportunities and challenges, SEMA said, and there is only limited data available to help those individuals/companies understand the degree of risk associated with making changes to an ADAS-equipped vehicle.
During the Show, the SEMA Garage Area will perform live calibrations that may be used in the SEMA Garage White Paper on an ADAS-equipped truck.
The SEMA Garages area also will have personnel on hand familiar with the area of emissions compliance, another area of concern for vehicle modifiers.
SEMA said it is dedicated to helping aftermarket manufacturers meet the "reasonable basis" criteria by testing and certifying products so they have the confidence they can legally sell their products. The SEMA Garage team works closely with both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to understand their policies, namely the EPA's Tampering Policy.
As part of that effort, last year the trade group launched SEMA Certified-Emissions, a program designed around the guidance of the EPA's Tampering Policy to help manufacturers bring their products to market. SEMA assists manufacturers gain SEMA Certified-Emissions to sell their products in 49 States, and also helps interested manufacturers in processing their CARB EOs for sale in California. Demonstrations of the tests will be happening in real-time at the Show.
Additionally, the expanded SEMA Garage area will feature three vehicles, and additional Garage technologies like 3D scanning and 3D printing available for member companies.