adasThink, a Toronto-based software company has released a study showing that Advanced Driver-Assistance System (ADAS) re-calibrations are routinely missed.
Its study focused on Canadian collision repair shops and included the following OEM vehicle models: Acura, Audi, Buick, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Land Rover.
adasThink examined 100 publicly-available estimates of vehicles so that it could conclusively determine ADAS systems were onboard the particular vehicle, and had ADAS re-calibrations required by OEM repair procedures been quoted based on the labor operations present on the estimate.
“We manually reviewed every estimate to verify that a re-calibration was required and that the shop identified a calibration or not,” a portion of the report reads. “Where a body shop included a pre- or post-scan, and there was an additional entry for resetting electrical components of one and a half hours or greater, we counted it as an identified ADAS calibration.”
The company noted that its data encompasses results from both public and private insurance regions. The vehicles that contained ADAS calibrations ranged from model year 2014 to 2020. According to the study, 88% of the 122 calibrations needed on the vehicles were missed by estimators.
The calibrations were distributed across the following sensors:
“Only 15 estimates identified a re-calibration, for an estimate identification rate of 15%. However, the true total is lower, since only 15 total ADAS calibrations were identified,” a portion of the study reads. “Of the 15 ADAS calibrations identified by shops or appraisers, nine of those ADAS calibrations also included a replacement operation for the ADAS sensor itself – a complete giveaway that a calibration is required.”
According to the study, many ADAS calibrations that were missed did involve an ADAS sensor replacement.