Car repair is always evolving, and what’s “traditional” right now may be completely different 20 years from now. That’s why we’re always preparing students at Automotive Training Center for what may happen in the future.
Futuristic auto repair technologies? It’s something we’re all thinking about. Some of these technologies are already here, and some of them may become more prevalent in the very near future. Let’s take a closer look at the current (and future) state of auto repair, with three futuristic auto repair technologies.
1. Emerging auto body techniques.
The way cars are being built is changing, and auto repair shops need to be able to stay up to date with the latest techniques and equipment. Aluminum is being used more often in car design. While aluminum body panels were at one time typically reserved for high-performance cars, many vehicle manufacturers are using it in designs and concepts for SUVs and trucks.
Aluminum is a lightweight and strong material, so it’s able to help cars meet certain safety regulations and standards. Many technicians may be more experienced working on cars made of steel, however. Aluminum body panels that have been damaged in an accident need to be reshaped differently than steel, and welding equipment and aluminum-specific tools are required.
Advanced steel is now used in construction due to its advanced strength and lighter weight. Vehicle-makers utilize the advanced steel, aluminum, and composites in the same vehicle for safer performance in an accident.
The Collision Reconditioning Technology program is where you’ll learn all about collision repair, and you can count on us to be at the forefront when it comes to the aluminum vs. steel debate.
2. The convenience of wireless data.
Many cars today offer available Wi-Fi hotspots, and some manufacturers have found ways to utilize this technology. Software updates can be sent wirelessly to correct any problems, while improving fuel mileage and handling other concerns. Some dealerships will update software and technology features during regular maintenance and service.
There are certain situations where this technology can save lives. If there is a vehicle recall, updates to the software can solve certain issues wirelessly. Tesla Motors, for example, makes it possible for its Model S to be updated wirelessly from your home, just like your smartphone.
3. Going electric (and hybrid, too).
Sure, gas-powered vehicles still rule the road, but electric and hybrid vehicles have become quite popular over the years, thanks in part to their gas-reducing and gas-saving qualities. Maintenance for a hybrid or electric vehicle is different than a gas-powered vehicle. Of course, with an electric car, there’s no gas at all, so that means no oil changes are needed.
Electric vehicles use regenerative braking systems, which use an electric car’s motor to convert kinetic energy lost when braking into stored energy in the battery. Then, the energy stored is used when accelerating. Brake pads will need to be replaced less often, but still need replacement. Tire rotations will remain a common electric vehicle repair, too.
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