The development of advanced driver assistance systems represents one of the biggest steps forward in safety technology since the introduction of airbags in the 1970s and the requirement in 2012 that all vehicles have electronic stability control.
The downside is that repairs cost more when ADAS components are damaged or even jarred slightly in minor collisions. Sensors integral to ADAS usually live in peripheral, easy-to-damage areas—inside bumpers and windshields, and in side mirrors.
“Ten years ago, our average repair ticket was about $1,600,” said Tim Cook, owner of “A” Auto Body Shop in the Richmond, Va., area, which is qualified to work on ADAS-equipped cars. “Now, it’s over $4,000. We’re seeing more and more cars declared total losses because of the cost of repairing them.”
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