Days of the traditional car repair is not yet completely passed away, but their time is coming to an end. Although small artisanal garages to work on old cars is always a place, it is unlikely that large repair shops and service stations will remain afloat. Repair of motor vehicles is less labor intensive and more knowledge-intensive as it is computerized diagnostics covering more and more aspects of the repair. Techniques have to be more and more advanced, but not in terms of automotive science, but in terms of automotive repair using the latest technologies.

New technologies will be sharpened on the diagnosis and swift repairs, although this does not mean that there will be less expensive for the average consumer. Garages have to spend money on certification and competitiveness, and these costs anyway haunt purses owners of transport. Let’s see what futuristic technology will work on future garages.

Cheap homemade computers

Raspberri Pi has become a favorite of fans of improvised technology pieces. This is a small computer, which costs about $ 35 and has been designed specifically to teach children programming. Its advantages is that it is cheap and versatile. Its disadvantages (for some) is that in order to do anything with Raspberri Pi, it must be programmed.

This computer could be useful as a tiny onboard system for the car. He could diagnose data and collect performance statistics for more effective repair and modernization. Diagnostic computer in the car – not a new idea. Once people just did it with the help of laptops. Similar calculations as Raspberri Pi also do not carry anything new, but they have a number of advantages: the technology is worth a dime, fits in my hand and can be improved. In miniature inexpensive computers have a strong potential for growth in depth of the car.

New technologies of body

New technologies, in particular the method of construction vehicles, indicate that the garages will need upgrading their machinery and equipment. Particular problem is the growing use of aluminum in car design. Aluminum body panels were once the privilege of only the most high-performance cars; but, as expected, this is changing, and manufacturers, the same Ford, are rumored to rivet cars with aluminum bodies. Not least due to the fact that this material – lightweight and durable, and therefore help to comply with exhaust emission and safety.

Experienced technicians are accustomed to working on steel cars, and working with aluminum would require a complete revision of the strategy. Aluminum panels can not simply be corrected as their steel counterparts, they have to be replaced, which would require special tools and equipment. These changes may increase the cost of car repairs, but there are also pluses. Since cars are smarter and stronger, and they will run for longer periods. In addition, new safety technologies like a rearview camera and collision avoidance systems mean that the car will be less alert, and the accident – less severe.

Wireless data transmission

While cars Acquires Wi-Fi-points, manufacturers are looking for useful ways to apply this technology. Wireless software update would correct the current problems, has established to assess the range and would be able to point out the problems of security and performance. Typically, on-board software is updated only at the dealers, but it is not very convenient. There are other problems – in early 2014, with several million Toyota had problems with anti-lock system, which required urgent renovation.

Tesla Motors plans to bring order to their electric vehicles that can be updated wirelessly right out of the house, by analogy with a smartphone or computer. Of course, the main problem is the security of the wireless connection, because it is cracked. It’s no secret that most automakers are not planning to take risks like Tesla, but if wireless technology to the car itself can demonstrate it well, tomorrow it will be the usual option.

Augmented Reality

New cars are equipped with a complex and sometimes dangerous (for engineers auto mechanics), or a hybrid powertrain electronics and computerized components, upgraded security systems, as well as a network of sensors that monitor every inch. These components are expensive, of course, change the process repairing cars. But on the nose even bigger changes.

Very soon augmented reality can change the principle of work with the car – it will be enough to put Google Glass, which will display all the available information about him; start the computer, which will be accompanied by mechanics in the repair process; application that will help visually delineate techniques work area. Volkswagen wants one of the first to try this technology and introduced an interface for future MARTA VW XL1.

MARTA (Technical Assistant mobile augmented reality) technique will help save valuable time learning all aspects of an unusual car, and hopes Volkswagen, can improve safety. Scientists say that once the application of augmented reality for users to help them to repair their cars. They can even replace the usual booklets product description.


3D-press already exists and is practiced, but most of its potential has not yet been investigated. 3D-printing uses computers and other computerized components to recreate an existing object or of the creation of an entirely new facility construction member. This can be especially useful for repairing old cars, when faced with the lack of technology specific details – will be enough to take the broken item, scan it and print a new one. And although the first time talking about this possibility back in 2009, 3D-printing is still the privilege of the rich people.

Most high-quality 3D-printing systems are a lot of money, they are difficult to use, and they take up much space. In other words, industrial 3D-printers will have to go a long way into the garages. But then everyone will be able to use their ability to quickly recover damaged or lost items. Make toys – this one, but rates are rising, when it comes to brake calipers.



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