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AAPEX Forum Prepares Shops for ADAS Technology

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September 6, 2019—AAPEX 2019 is hosting a three-hour advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) Forum to prepare auto repair shops for the opportunities and challenges of servicing ADAS-equipped vehicles.

The Forum is part of this year’s AAPEXedu and will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Bellini Ballroom at The Venetian in Las Vegas. AAPEX represents the more than $1 trillion global automotive aftermarket industry and will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, through Nov. 7, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

Session one of the Forum will cover today’s ADAS. Panelists will discuss the investment required for targets, the highly controlled floor space and technician training to ensure proper calibration, and the new business opportunities created by this technology. Chris Gardner, senior vice president, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), will moderate, with panelists including Frank Leutz, COO, Desert Car Care and host of Wrench Nation Car Radio Talk Show and Automotive Service Association (ASA) member; Dave Milne, president, ASE; and John Nielsen, managing director, AAA. 

Session one also will include a presentation, “Who is Liable When ADAS Systems Are Not Calibrated Properly.” Discussion topics will delve into questions such as: What happens when older vehicles are not calibrated? Who audits or checks vehicles after calibration to ensure their ADAS systems work properly? What happens if a shop does not accurately inform customers about their ADAS systems?

Session two will focus on the future, with panelists from leading-edge solution providers sharing their vision for next-generation ADAS recalibration tools and techniques that will take the current state of the art to the next level in efficiency and performance. Ryan Frisch, manager, R&D Engineering – EE, Hunter Engineering Company, will moderate the discussion on emerging tools and processes to properly maintain and calibrate even the most complex vehicle sensor and control networks.

In a separate presentation, Douglas A. Brooks, Ph.D., PMP, manager of Perception Systems at Southwest Research Institute, will take attendees on a journey from the basic set of ADAS sensors to a world of immersive perception models required for fully automated vehicles. 

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