Opinion: AI can help to narrow the ADAS skills gap

Phil Peace, managing director of SVP International for Repairify, comments on the skills shortage

Opinion: AI can help to narrow the ADAS skills gap

According to the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), there are currently around 3,500 ADAS-qualified technicians in the UK, leaving a void of some 18,000 technicians to meet the current ADAS requirement.

This comes as the IMI estimates that by the end of 2023, at least one in ten cars on UK roads will feature Level 2 autonomy, growing to almost half of the car parc by 2030.

Phil Peace, managing director (SVP) International for Repairify, says AI can help to bridge the ADAS skills gap if the industry invests in the right training for young apprentices. He says:

“Over the last few years, the number of ADAS systems within vehicles has dramatically increased as this technology now comes as standard on most vehicles that come off the production line. This means that the number of vehicles that will require calibration will continue to increase.

“We know this is a huge challenge to overcome but it is where companies such as Repairify are important. Our proprietary technology provides services to diagnose, calibrate and program systems remotely supported by our IMI-trained technicians, who will assist where organisations don’t have such resources locally to do the work.

“In addition, our growing global solutions include access to the development of AI and machine learning to enhance our data enabling us to ensure information and solutions are available at the right time in the workflow or shop processes, providing customers with the ability to access critical repair information at their fingertips.

“Alongside using third parties to do the work, there are ways in which businesses can help bridge the gap. This is done through apprenticeships and training programs that are supported by the apprentices levy and various support schemes that are available.

“We are also seeing businesses investing in their apprenticeship and training programs. This is a positive step because they understand the benefits it will enable them to reap in the short, medium and long term. As a business, we are also committed to investing in training programs both internally for our team and externally for our customers.

“This is because we understand in no uncertain terms that it will assist in providing our team and the industry with the skills that are needed to keep pace with the work hitting the workshop floor and the knowledge to understand the technology within the vehicles that are coming off the production line.

“Overall, we know the ADAS skills gap is real and with the right investment in tools, training and apprenticeships the sector can slowly start to fill the gap, but based on current statistics it will help, but not be enough, to meet the amount of technicians required to handle the amount of work relating to ADAS that is hitting workshop floors in the future.”

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