ADAS technology contributes to 32% rise in vehicle repair costs

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Thatcham has formed a working group with vehicle manufacturers to urgently address spiralling repair costs associated with collision avoidance advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

According to statistics from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) from Q3 2016, average vehicle bills have increased by 32% over the last three years to £1,678.

Andrew Miller, Thatcham chief technology officer, said that while ADAS may not account for the entire increase, it is definitely a major contributor. This is through the need for additional training and specialist equipment. 

He added: “Cars are only getting more complex and the repair of sensors, cameras and automated vehicles will mean this problem will continue to grow.”

John Pryor, chairman of fleet operators association ACFO, agreed that ADAS on new vehicles is becoming an issue, with anecdotal evidence suggesting an increase in downtime and costs for fleets.

He said: “We have heard of vehicles that are off the road for longer due to the availability and complexity of parts.

“Windscreens have been a problem for some members with downtime affected due to not being able to get the right sensors, or they don’t have the right screen as there are 10 different types. It is getting crazy. The more complex cars become the more difficult this will be.”

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