Vehicle Technology and Trends 2017
VT017E01

Course format: Online training with posttest
I-CAR Credit Hours: 1 hour
Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Pricing
Gold Class: $60.00
Platinum: $60.00
Standard: $72.00

This course meets New Technology training requirements for the following roles:
Estimator
Production Management
Steel Structural Technician
Aluminum Structural Technician
Non-Structural Technician
Electrical/Mechanical Technicians
Refinish Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

This course is an Annual Training option for the following roles:
Estimator
Production Management
Steel Structural Technician
Aluminum Structural Technician
Non-Structural Technician
Electrical/Mechanical Technicians
Refinish Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

Important note: To complete New Technology requirements, you must register for and complete both this course and one other role-relevant online Vehicle & Technology Specific course. Alternatively, you may complete the instructor-led Live course Vehicle Technology Trends and Diagnostics Overview (VT117L01) which combines the content from this online course with the content from the Introduction to Diagnostics and Scan Tools (VT210E01) online course into a Live format. Students taking this online course and the live course will result in receiving redundant content.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • List OEMs that require scans and calibrations
  • Describe the various safety systems on modern vehicles
  • Understand how using standard operating procedures can benefit the entire shop
  • Use the collision advantage to help identify hidden electrical damage
  • Determine the basic differences between OBD II and OEM codes
  • Determine when OEM scan tools are required
  • Recognize that they can perform diagnostics in-house, have a technician that travels between facilities (MSO), use remote diagnostics with OEM software, or sublet to an independent diagnostics-specialists
  • Describe why maintaining good vehicle voltage for scans and troubleshooting is important
  • Understand the limitations of electrical system self-diagnostics

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of scan tools for collision repair
  • Discuss the growing use of composite reinforcements
  • Understand the unique collision repair considerations for many of the new 2017 vehicle platforms
  • Discuss the near-future trends facing the automotive industry and how they affect collision repair
  • Understand the operation of the new battery-powered GMA (MIG) pulse welder from AMI

Module Content
Module 1 Trends Highlight – The course kicks off with an industry overview of new technology. Topics of discussion will include the OEMs commitment to making automatic braking standard to the use of composite reinforcements. Attendees will watch a video on the trend of adding front facing cameras to vehicles.

Module 2 North American Vehicle Manufacturers – This module will cover North American manufacturers. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles section will discuss collision repairs on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2017 Fiat Spider as well as new material color codes. The Ford Motor Company section will discuss Ford’s continuing the use of aluminum, collision repairs for the 2017 Ford Escape and 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and the Gorilla Glass used on the new Ford GT. General Motors Company will wrap up the module by covering collision repairs on the 2017 Buick LaCrosse and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Lean to Steel with the Cadillac XT5 and an overview of their free website revamp.

Module 3 Asian Vehicle Manufacturers – Next the course will provide an overview of the Asian automotive market. Honda and Acura will include information on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and its acoustic side glass, revisions to Honda’s weld-through primer recommendations, and cover what to expect as the new Acura NSX goes into production. The Kia portion will cover collision repairs for the 2017 Kia Sportage as well as the fact that Kia Hybrids will not have a 12-volt battery. Next up, there will be a collision position statement from Nissan and Infiniti. Finally, this module will have an overview of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 from Toyota and Lexus.

Module 4 European Vehicle Manufacturers – The European module will cover Jaguar and Volvo. Jaguar will cover technologies on the 2017 F-Pace. Volvo’s section will include a video overview on the S90 and cover sectioning still allowed on new Volvo structures.

Module 5 Near Future Trends – The course wraps up with a look at what may affect the collision repair industry in the near future. Topics that will be discussed include: Intelligent Damage Detection Systems, Resistance Spot Riveting Technology, Ethanol Fuel Cell Vehicles, The End of 12-volt Systems, and Energy from Speed Bumps.

Recommendations
This course covers a variety of topics related to technology in current and future vehicles.  It is recommended that students have basic understanding of several of the subject areas contained in the course and understand where they can find repair information on new trends.  Courses that are helpful include:

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03)
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis (ALT04e)
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety (ALT05e)
  • Introduction to Carbon Fiber (CFR01e)
  • Aluminum Panels and Structures Damage Analysis (DAM05)
  • Aluminum Panels and Structures Damage Analysis (DAM05e)
  • Damage Analysis of Advanced Automotive Systems (DAM07)
  • Damage Analysis of Advanced Automotive Systems (DAM07e)
  • Steel Unitized Structures Technologies and Repair (SPS07)