What ADAS calibration equipment manufacturer to choose?

Timothy Diagnostician Ontario Posted   Latest   Edited  

After attending SEMA and AAPEX for the first time, I viewed everyone's offering of ADAS calibration equipment. I also attended the AAPEX ADAS panel discussion which was excellent. The speakers on the panel were definitely first class and not to mention real true industry leading professionals. However, after seeing all my choices in equipment, I am still left with a few very solid questions: 

  • What is the best equipment to choose for the broadest range of coverage? 
  • Should I be looking for a setup that uses thrust angle or should it be center line of the vehicle? 

Anyone's thoughts are greatly appreciated as well as provoking any other further questions in choosing the right equipment for the job.

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Steven Owner/Technician
Belgium
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Hi, witch tools do have currently? For Adas we use Hella, Autel and Texa, for new radars and camera’s you Will need OEM tools or our tool from …, then we can take over your car by remote ..kind regards, Steven

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Richard Instructor
Florida
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I am amazed this question hasn’t brought up a bigger discussion. Answering your questions would require us to know your market, the types of vehicles you service, and what type of equipment will do the job correctly. For certain manufacturers, the OEM tooling is inexpensive and (of course) the proper way of performing this work to avoid liability issues. The aftermarket does have some great…

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Jordan Technician
Nevada
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I work at shop that already had a lot of factory scan tools (Consult III, WiTech, Techstream, IDS, ect), so to me it made sense to go the OEM route for calibration software, targets, ect.

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Chris Educator
North Carolina
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I was on the first panel last week so I'll consolidate my thoughts and suggestions here. Considering all the calibrations that we have completed along with the hundreds of cals that our partners have been involved in at their tech centers and pilot locations, I now ask one simple question before giving my opinion. Do you currently or are you planning to install glass in your facility and if you…

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Dennis Owner/Technician
Utah
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I talked to a lot of vendors at SEMA for ADAS equipment and realized a big consideration is how much clear level floor space you can devote to doing calibrations, It takes up a huge amount of floor space for the current equipment. I wonder if that will change as more manufacturers get involved in improving the systems.

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Chris Educator
North Carolina
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Based on our experience, the clear floor specification given by the OEM's and tool suppliers is skewed by two things. They are considering that you are doing the calibration with the largest space requirement (i.e. Ford F-150 surround view) when in actuality you may not run into those often. Second is they are specifying the amount of space based on the vehicle being stationary such as being on…

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Dennis Owner/Technician
Utah
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Thanks Chris

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Timothy Diagnostician
Ontario
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Thank you all for your replies. I currently have a launch, cardaq m, vcm2, Iscan 2wt,and an older verus. My launch seems to be my most used. I do like OEM but the cost is a little crazey when you have to cover so many brands. We service half a dozen fairly large body shops and another half a dozen general repair shops as well as my regular customers including some fleets. We are a very busy shop…

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Pennsylvania
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Hi Timothy: I agree with most of the responses that you're received so far. There's a quibble here and there but, for the most part, they're on-point. Have you spoken with anyone at …. about the G-Scan stuff? …; ext. 1 [EDIT: corrected extension] If not, someone there will be able to answer any questions that you may have. (From the FWIW Dep't.: I have an assigned territory…

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Matthew Mobile Technician
Illinois
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Here is my current view on ADAS... From a financial point you would really need to have a lot of business lined up to make a significant investment in the ADAS equipment. I also see this investment as a risky one, the market is changing quite a bit. There is a big push for manufacturers to go to dynamic calibrations. Since ADAS has been the buzzword for the last couple years there are also a…

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Eric Technical Support Specialist
California
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Tim, I agree with Chris. How he framed the "ADAS" calibration market, should be enough to spell out that any major investment now, while the everything still being worked out, is risky (ADAS in Las Vegas, very appropriate). And Matthew, took the words right out of my mouth. Buzzword is appropriate. I have been using Hoopla and fear marketing. But, Buzzword fits perfectly. And the points about…

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