How Are Mechanics Dealing With Self-Driving Cars?

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The future of driving is rapidly advancing. Imagine all of those electric vehicles humming around with no hands on the wheel! Utopia, right? Well, good things tend to go bad from time to time which got us to ask the question “how are mechanics dealing with self-driving cars?”. Here’s what we found out.
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Mechanics VS The Self Driving Car?

Embracing A Changing Workplace. Self-driving Electric Vehicles (EV) have electric motors that don’t require maintenance and, have far fewer parts to go wrong. Electric motors can, do and will continue to fail, but nowhere near as often as the motor of an Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle (ICEV), and when they do fail, it will be a much simpler matter of just swapping out the motor.
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Mechanics VS The Self Driving Car?

Battery packs, which play as big a part of the self-driving EV as the motor, will create a booming trade in repairing, reconditioning and possible upgrading. This area of maintenance will require a lot of technical training for the everyday auto mechanic.
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Mechanics VS The Self Driving Car?

You may have a self-driving hybrid vehicle, in which case, the car will have two motors. For a mechanic, a hybrid still needs to have its oil changed, and its spark plugs and cooling system maintained, just like a regular gasoline engine.
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Mechanics VS The Self Driving Car?

All self-driving EVs come packed with accessories and subsystems that will fail at a similar rate as an ICEV, so there’ll be plenty of work fixing seat heaters, informational systems, and environmental controls.
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Mechanics VS The Self Driving Car?

When self-driving cars take a strong hold on the roads and highways, there may be a huge departure from individual ownership. On-demand “rental” companies will be the actual owners, leaving mechanics to deal with corporate fleets and their managers (which could be a very lucrative benefit for repair shops).
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Mechanics VS The Self Driving Car?

Part of embracing the change to self-driving cars includes the use of technology. “Future” shop practices, are already in play today, in the form of social media and networking. Auto technicians save time (and boost efficiency) by using the devices and attitudes of the well-connected. The shops have become paperless, tests are being done with tablets, communication with co-workers are through webcam apps, and customer relations are carried out online.
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Mechanics VS The Self Driving Car?

Automotive technicians will have to fast track into programming and systems integration. Self-driving cars will rely heavily on computer systems for mapping, guidance, and situational “awareness” in addition to the many basic, yet, complex physical operations.
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Mechanics VS The Self Driving Car?

Even if everyone is using a self-driving vehicle, there will still be a need for body shops and the technicians needed to staff them. Whether your car gets hit by someone overriding their autonomous navigation, or tree damage from a tornado, those parts will need to be replaced. Expect these mechanics to become a part of the ever shrinking but, all encompassing repair shops.
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Mechanics VS The Self Driving Car?

Parts fail. They still require wheels, a drive train, a suspension of some configuration, and braking systems. A lot of the mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems are the same. Even the diagnostic and control systems can be the very similar. These parts will require a mechanic or technician to install them. With self-driving EVs, greasy coveralls just might be a thing of the past.
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