Use of Computerized Accident Repair Statistics in Designing for Improved Damageability 840321
The proliferation of make/model insurance premium rating programs has encouraged auto manufacturers to design new models for reduced accident damage susceptibility and improved repairability. Computerized collision repair estimating has facilitated damageability analysis by providing “real world” accident statistics to evaluate current vehicle designs. Such information is useful in developing design “do's and don'ts” for future models, determining the competitive position of a manufacturer's products or parts pricing levels, establishing damageability objectives for future models and projecting status as the design evolves, determining the effects of downsizing or new materials and correlating damageability crash testing to field experience. Examples from ADP's historical estimate files illustrate these techniques.