New Auto Safety Technologies Push Repair Bills Up – IEEE Spectrum
There is little debate over whether advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) could reduce both the number and severity of vehicle crashes.
A collision-mitigation system alone can increase the cost of a new vehicle by US $1,500 or more and vehicles equipped with advanced safety features “can cost twice as much to repair following a collision due to expensive sensors and their calibration requirements.”


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