Crash Course in Autonomy

A 2015 study released by consulting firm McKinsey & Company reported that self-driving vehicles could eliminate 90 percent of all auto accidents in the U.S. and that there will be mass adoption to auto-piloted vehicles in about 15 years. With a potentially drastic change coming to the collision repair industry, John Dolan, principal systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotic Institute, says it’s important for shop owners to pay attention. Not all collisions will be eliminated, Dolan adds, but the presence of advanced sensors in the body of a vehicle will impact what technicians will need to be familiar with and will change the nature of repairs. These repair changes are what makes it important for those in the collision industry to stay up-to-date on the latest news in autonomous technology.