Parking Sensors & Bullbars
I know that the parking sensors are making our job trickier. In 98% of the cases, we’ve had good success with refitting these sensors back into our bullbars. We’ve even been successful with nudgebars and roobars. Basically though, technology is unsettling our industry.
Parking sensors use a type of sonar. The term sonar is an acronym for sound navigation and radar; it’s used for calculating the distance and/or direction of an object from the time it takes for a sound wave to travel to the target and back. An ultrasonic sensor is a speaker or microphone that emits or receives ultrasound. Vehicle parking sensors are equipped with the type that can handle both emission and reception of sonar. All this means is that drivers are made aware of obstacles before the collision occurs, well in most cases.
I’ve read that as a result of a whole range of new technologies, accidents are getting rarer and, on average, less serious. This is a good thing overall, but it does mean we have to be better at our designs, fitting and performance of product. As part of your industry we are consolidating and adapting in response to technology that is both preventing accidents and totally changing the way our vehicle frontal protection equipment is being designed and built.
Let’s not even mention the driverless car, which isn’t too far away, could virtually eliminate prangs altogether.