With 276 million registered automotive vehicles in the U.S. alone, we need the maintenance industry. Although the question is, how efficient is our current system? Every year there is around $60 billion worth of vehicle maintenance that goes unperformed. With staggering numbers such as that, maybe it’s time that we utilize more technology in the vehicle maintenance industry. Often it may seem easier to stick with the old, embracing future developments can only make. the industry more productive and efficient.
The Auto Maintenance Technolgy of Today
Cars themselves are getting smarter. With new engine types and the rising number of fully electric smart cars, repairing cars has become a more complex process. In response, mechanics have had to procure high-tech automotive software. When looking at popular car brands like Mercedes-Benz, they have released all-electric and advanced tech vehicles, they are also manufactured in 30 countries around the world. When taken into consideration, that is a staggering rate of production.
So how can mechanics keep up with repairing these vehicles as they continue to evolve? Developments in auto diagnostic tools have evolved to connect to the vehicle’s master computer. With more parts and electronic pieces in play, having a stronger connection means that repairs can be expedited. Diagnostic tools are also available on a wider range of devices, including through the use of mobile apps. Mechanics also now have access to virtual repair videos. The problem can be identified without even touching the car. These programs can identify issues and target possible maintenance before it becomes a more serious issue. All of this works to make repairs not only more efficient but faster.
Driving with Confidence
The use of technology allows us to identify problems that may go unnoticed in a routine check or when fixing an unrelated issue. Having that peace of mind can promote a feeling of safety in drivers across the country. Electric cars have a lower rate of passengers being injured in the event of a crash. With more people turning to them as an option, we need to be prepared to complete the maintenance and repairs on the vehicles.
Through the education of automotive technology, we can learn methods to repair cars thoroughly.
The additional confidence that customers experience knowing that there is an added level of inspection, along with the ease of getting their vehicles repaired, that $60 billion number will drop. No one wants to have their vehicle in for maintenance for an extended period, with the use of technology to increase the speed of repair, not only can more vehicles be serviced at a fast rate, but they can also be done quickly without compromising safety standards.
Will Mechanics Become Obsolete?
The simple answer is no. While we are seeing an increase in the use of technology for the repair of vehicles is increasing at a steady rate, mechanics are still essential to the process. The companies that create the technology have also created training programs to go with it. The automotive repair industry has been an ever-changing entity, developments in automotive vehicles have always looked towards what is next. The maintenance industry has always adapted and continued to evolve right along with it. Roadcheck is a 72-hour training and inspection event conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and is aimed at teaching developing or new safety standards.
Will Technology Make Repairing Cars Easier?
The answer is yes. Technology makes strides in development every day, it is creating new methods in which we assess damages or engine issues in vehicles. With these tools, car repair can become more effective and be completed at a faster rate. The future is now, to keep up we need to keep moving.