More Advanced ADAS Systems Coming Soon from Lucid

adas Jul 29, 2020

California luxury electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors says its EV Air sedan will include "DreamDrive",  one of the world's most advanced driver assist system (ADAS). Lucid says the Air will be the first electric vehicle offered with the combination of an advanced sensor suite that includes high-resolution LIDAR, driver monitoring system and redundant platform that can operate in the event that one of the individual components fails. 

 The DreamDrive ADAS platform that will be included in the Air sedan supports 19 key safety, driving, and parking assist features to make driving safer and will enable Level 3 autonomous driving in certain situations. The company said that another eight features will be made available in the future via over-the-air (OTA) updates. The DreamDrive system will come with 32 sensors, which include cameras, radars, front-facing, long-range LIDAR sensor Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering , Surround View Monitoring, Blind Spot...

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Car Companies Becoming Software Companies

computers Jul 28, 2020

As I have stated many times cars will become “computers on wheels”. Well it looks like Toyota “gets it” and is going to transform itself into a software company by creating a new holding company that will spearhead development of self-driving cars, new automotive computer operating systems and advanced mapping.

The entity, called Woven Planet Holdings, will oversee two other companies that will focus on automated driving as well as connectivity, onboard software and high-definition mapping. Toyota announced the initiative on Tuesday, saying the new companies will begin operations in January and be led by James Kuffner, an American computer whiz who is currently the CEO of TRI-AAD. Kuffner previously worked at Google on robotics and the self-driving car project.

 

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GM Dynamic Calibration Processes

calibrations Jul 07, 2020

IMPORTANT:    Always be careful of traffic conditions and safety around the vehicle

                        Your test vehicle may not be equipped with all safety systems 

Front Camera – Windshield

  • GM Service Programing System (SPS) programming is required after replacement
  • Some vehicles will immediately begin calibration after programming, vehicle other may require calibration to be started using GDS2.
    • Refer to Service Information for specific programming and calibration instructions after replacement
  • Ensure windshield glass has been properly installed, is clean, NOT damaged or cracked and camera is not damaged, dirty or obstructed
  • Make sure the vehicle is being driven in an area conducive to calibration. An ideal calibration environment is a two-lane divide highway with lane makings on both side of the lane, driving the vehicle between...
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What Can Happen Without an Accurate Calibration and a Proper Per-Deliver Test Drive

test drive tuesday Jun 09, 2020
 
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Why Test Drives are Critical for ADAS Equipped Vehicles

Uncategorized Jun 02, 2020
 

Could this happen to your customer after you repaired their ADAS equipped vehicle? 

It is critical that every ADAS equipped vehicle that is repaired and calibrated has a proper test drive performed. 

The test drive is the final QC check to ensure all vehicle safety systems operate as designed...

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AcuraWatch™ ADAS Test Drive Check List

acura test drive May 26, 2020
 

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS):

  • Verify front radar transceiver and forward-facing camera are not damaged, blocked or dirty
  • Verify system provides visual, audible and haptic warnings when test vehicle detects a collision when moving forward.
  • Verify the system provides three (3) levels of alerts:
    • STAGE 1
      Verify that if there is a risk of an accident with a vehicle detected ahead system flashes “Brake” warning in the Multi-Information Display.
    • STAGE 2
      Verify that if the risk of an accident increases with no driver reaction, system continues visual and audible alerts, and applies light braking.
    • STAGE 3
      Verify that if the risk of an accident increases with no driver reaction and the system determines that a collision is now unavoidable, system continues visual and audible alerts, plus applies strong braking.

 Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC):

  • Verify vehicle acceleration, deceleration and braking changes with vehicle in front.

 Adaptive Cruise Control w/...

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Are You Ready for “Smart” Steering Wheels?

smart steering wheels May 14, 2020

Get ready because Mercedes-Benz will introduce new steering wheel technology that has capacitive hands-off detection on the 2021 E-Class sedan, which is expected to arrive in the United States in the fall.

Today, most ADAS systems require drivers to show they are paying with a tug of the steering wheel. The new Mercedes Benz capacitive steering wheel has capacitive hands-off detection that eliminates the need for a “tug”.

The new steering wheel tech is a two-zone sensor mat located in the rim of the steering wheel. The sensors on the front and back of the rim register whether the steering wheel is being held and signal assistance systems that the vehicle is under control. The touch control buttons integrated into the steering wheel spokes also function capacitively.

The new E-Class will also add more ADAS tech, including a system that monitors blind spots even when a vehicle is at a standstill. The system can even warn the driver of approaching vehicles, motorcycles or...

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Nissan Test Drive Process

nissan test drive tuesday May 05, 2020
 

It's Test Drive Tuesday AND Cinco De Mayo! Do you know what safety systems should be checked on an ADAS equipped Nissan during a test drive after a repair or calibration? Here is a short video showing why the Test Drive CoPilot™ platform is the best way to document, manage, ensure all systems operate as designed and get a business gets reimbursed for a Nissan test drive!

 

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Toyota Test Drive CoPilot Process

Uncategorized Apr 27, 2020
 

Do you or someone you know repair ADAS equipped Toyota's? If so, check out this short video on how our Test Drive CoPilot™ platform helps repairers understand and properly perform and document test drives on Toyota vehicles!

 

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Test Drive CoPilot™ Platform Adds New Drive Type Management and Reporting Options

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2020

Richardson, TX. (April 2, 2020) – Auto Techcelerators, LLC, today announced that that it has added additional drive type management and reporting capabilities its Test Drive CoPilot™ platform and mobile apps. According to Auto Techcelerators, the Test Drive CoPilot™ platform and mobile apps now includes the ability for businesses to manage, document and report on vehicle pickup, vehicle delivery and sublet transportation.

Auto Techcelerators Co-founder and CEO Frank Terlep, stated; “The COVID-19 virus is driving many repair facilities to add pick up and delivery services while calibration requirements are increasing the use of sublet vendors and dealerships to perform calibrations. By adding these new drive types to the Test Drive CoPilot™ platform we now provide businesses the ability to manage, document, report on and generate billing statements for their vehicle pickup, vehicle delivery and sublet transportation processes.”

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