LAS VEGAS — The backers of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) have organized a three-hour forum at the 2019 AAPEX Show on the opportunities and challenges of servicing vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
The forum, considered part of this year's AAPEXedu, is scheduled to run 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the Bellini Ballroom at The Venetian.
The forum will comprise two sessions, one addressing current-generation systems and the other focusing on next-generation ADAS recalibration tools and techniques, AAPEX said.
The forum will provide auto repair shop owners insights into the evolving ADAS technology, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, blind spot detection, forward collision warnings, adaptive light control, etc.
When servicing ADAS-equipped vehicles, AAPEX said, sensors, cameras, radar units and LIDAR units may need to be recalibrated even during common repairs such as wheel alignments and tire changes. Technicians also need to understand the many variations of calibration procedures, terms and definitions as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) each use different ADAS calibration processes.
Panelists in session one will discuss the investment required for targets, the highly controlled floor space and technician training to ensure proper calibration, and the new business opportunities created by this technology.
Chris Gardner, senior vice president, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, will moderate, with panelists including Frank Leutz, COO, Desert Car Care and host of Wrench Nation Car Radio Talk Show; Dave Milne, president, ASE; and John Nielsen, managing director, AAA Inc.
Session one also will include a presentation on liability issues associated with calibrating ADAS. Discussion topics will include questions such as: What happens when older vehicles are not calibrated? Who audits or checks vehicles after calibration to ensure their ADAS systems work properly? What happens if a shop does not accurately inform customers about their ADAS systems?
Panelists in session two will share their visions for next-generation ADAS recalibration tools and techniques. Ryan Frisch, manager, R&D Engineering – EE, Hunter Engineering Co., will moderate the discussion on emerging tools and processes to properly maintain and calibrate even the most complex vehicle sensor and control networks.
In a separate presentation, Douglas Brooks, manager of Perception Systems at Southwest Research Institute, will review the ADAS realm, from the basic set of ADAS sensors to a world of immersive perception models required for fully automated vehicles.
The Forum is included in AAPEX registration, which is $40 through Oct. 11.
AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association.