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BUSINESS TRENDS COLLISION CLAIMS COLLISION REPAIR TECHNOLOGY TRENDS
Vehicle manufacturers have always been innovators, constantly experimenting with new technology and new ways to keep us safe in the event of an accident. Recent advances, using sophisticated collision avoidance systems which have quickly become commonplace in new vehicles can help us avoid accidents altogether. While these systems often utilize innovative technologies and components, which contribute to substantially safer driving, these same components also have an impact on collision repair costs and underwriting.
While Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have been experimenting with collision avoidance systems since the late 1950s, significant advances did not occur until the mid-1990s when Hughes Research Labs produced the first commercially viable systems. This led to the technology appearing in earnest between 2004–2012 as OEMs introduced the technology into their higher-end luxury models during product re-designs and refreshes.
Specific components for these systems include park assist sensors, front impact sensors, vehicle radar/speed sensing systems, surround cameras, laser systems (LIDAR) and more. As avoidance systems become more prolific and components more readily available, they are increasingly being added not only to luxury cars, but also to many of the latest mass-market vehicles, across multiple price points and styles. This means that collision avoidance systems, and the parts and labor needed to repair them, are present throughout the entire repair industry.
“Modern collision avoidance systems consist of radar, laser (LIDAR), and camera-based systems.”
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