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MAHLE unveils digital ADAS solution

Date: 23-Sep-2019

MAHLE Aftermarket has unveiled its TechPRO ADAS solution, which allows workshops to adjust and calibrate advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) using a digital calibration panel.

The company says it’s setting new benchmarks in this developing product group: with TechPRO ADAS, MAHLE Aftermarket has aligned itself with the needs of tomorrow’s workshops today.

The multi-brand tool provides workshops with a solution that keeps up with the latest state of the art systems thanks to continuous software updates.

The professional adjustment of driver assistance system sensors and cameras allows workshops to capture additional sales potential.

What ADAS means for garages
Whether they use radars, cameras, or ultrasonic sensors, more and more late-model cars have high-tech driver assistance systems, known as ADAS.

Olaf Henning, corporate executive vice president, MAHLE Group and general manager aftermarket, said: “In upcoming years, both the number of driver assistance systems and the percentage of passenger cars and trucks equipped with these systems are expected to grow significantly.

“This will greatly change the way that workshops work.”

For service and repair work, workshops must re-adjust radar sensors and camera systems to ensure that assistance systems continue to function reliably.

They need to be precisely calibrated to the geometric axis of the vehicle. Even minimal deviations can cause a failure of the assistance system.

“Only one digital calibration panel is needed”
“With our TechPRO ADAS, we make this job easier for workshops,” says Henning.

“Unlike the tools already on the market, only one digital calibration panel is needed to precisely adjust the radar sensors and cameras.

“Updates are installed automatically to give workshops a solution that is optimally adapted to handle new developments in the field of driver assistance systems.”

Multi-brand workshops have always faced challenges with the calibration of different manufacturer’s systems because the sensors vary depending on the vehicle model.

In the past, this led to high investment and operating costs, as it required a number of different calibration panels, suitable working areas, and long calibration times.

MAHLE’s TechPRO ADAS supports workshop professionals with a system that uses just one digital calibration panel, thereby reducing calibration time and keeping space requirements to a minimum.

Developers at MAHLE Aftermarket claim to have redefined the entire process, identifying innovative technical and process-related solutions.

Recalibration process explained
To recalibrate an assistance system, the workshop technician connects the TechPRO diagnostic tool to the appropriate control units using the onboard diagnostics.

The calibration panel is set up according to the manufacturer’s directions and adjusted automatically.

Next, the TechPRO diagnostic tool shows what exactly needs to be done and guides the workshop technician through each of the steps.

The ADAS tool is a supplemental solution for the TechPRO vehicle diagnostics system or Connex BT from MAHLE Aftermarket.

The calibration system covers many European makes that are equipped with driver assistance systems, and market coverage is being continuously expanded.

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