1Collision Dives Into ADAS & EV Technology At I-CAR’s Chicago Technical Center
June 23, 2023
Designed to Serve the Industry as it Adapts to Advancing Vehicle Technology, I-CAR's State- of-the-Art Facility was the Backdrop for 1Collision’s ADAS & EV Education Event.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL. June 23, 2023 – I-CAR® (the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) partnered for an education-focused event at the Chicago Technical Center this month to bring focus to the latest technology impacting collision repair shops today, ADAS-equipped vehicles and electric vehicles (EV).
As a network of collision repair facilities focused on high levels of customer service and operational ex- cellence, 1Collision collaborated with I-CAR so their facility owners and partners could see first-hand how a location should prepare or improve upon ADAS and EV-related services inside I-CAR's ADAS and EV labs.
A full day complete with multiple facility tours, an in-depth technical information presentation from Bud Center, Director of Technical Products & Curriculum Development, and presentations from Greg Peeters, CEO of Car ADAS Solutions, an I-CAR Sustaining Partner, Frank Terlep, Vice President ADAS Solutions at Opus IVS and Brandon Eckenrode, Executive Director of the (Collision Repair Edu- cation Foundation) CREF.
“The Day at I-CAR event, as part of our 2023 1Collision Chicago Summit, was a dynamic and valuable experience for all in attendance,” said Jim Keller, President and COO of 1Collision. “Location owners and strategic partners witnessed the latest in collision repair technologies and education that will be driving collision repair both today and in the future. “Special thanks to Bud Center, Lisa Ferguson and the entire I-CAR & Chicago Technical Center leadership and staff for a very dynamic and memorable experience.”
“We're proud to aid 1Collision in their collective objective. The Appleton and Chicago Technical Centers are investments in our industry's technical infrastructure,” said Associate Vice President, Collision Re- pair, Terry Ticel. “With advanced technology impacting all corners of the industry, I-CAR's role is to support every collision repair professional so that they're armed with the resources, knowledge and skills to survive and thrive the Technical Tsunami™.”
Nearly one year after it opened, the Chicago Technical Center is home to a Welding lab, a Flex lab for research and partner use, an ADAS lab and an EV lab, both of which host I-CAR's award-winning multi- day ADAS and EV Hands-On Skills Development™ courses and was built to drive the industry forward with solutions that address emerging technologies.
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Founded in 1979, I-CAR is a not-for-profit education, knowledge, and solutions organization designed to support the evolving needs of the Collision Repair Inter-Industry. I-CAR, which is accredited by IACET (The International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training) is focused on improving the quality and safety of auto collision repair for the ultimate benefit of both the industry and the consumer. For more information, please visit www.i-car.com.
1Collision provides corporate-level support to affiliated collision repair centers in all business areas: business planning, operations and office management and training, rebates and purchasing power, insurer and OEM relations, human resources and recruiting support, marketing and web presence, and more.
In 2020, 1Collision merged with CSN Collision Centres, a Canada-based collision repair network of premier independent collision repair centers. The merger created a North American presence totaling over 280 locations. U.S. presence includes locations in Arizona, California, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Pictured above: Joel Dufkis, I-CAR ADAS & EV Instructor, providing a tour of EV lab and introducing 1Collision to an Electric Vehicle cart used to simulate safely disconnecting a high-voltage battery.