When ADAS Can't See

Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the sensor to function properly.

Some OEMs have warnings against making repairs in front of sensors/cameras or a certain distance from the sensors/cameras. However, many times there is also a list of other items that can block the sensor/camera view. We wrote a series of articles about the different systems and how repair operations could affect the various cameras and sensors. Let’s take a look at some common things or materials that can interfere with ADAS.

Mother nature is probably the biggest contributing factor when it comes to impeding a sensor’s or camera’s ability to see. Precipitation, dirt, bugs, and blinding sunlight are all factors that can block ADAS, that repair technicians will not be able to control. We can however, prevent blocking ADAS by being aware of restrictions on where repairs are allowed to be made.

To prevent impeding the ability of the ADAS to function and potentially fail, check OEM repair information to identify what restrictions may apply to the repairs you are considering. Always verify that the ADAS is functioning properly after completing repairs.

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