Growing ADAS skills gap an immediate threat to road safety.
The first ever analysis of Level 2 autonomy in the UK car sector reveals significant skills gap, with only 3,000 technicians currently ADAS-certified and 106,000 required by 2030.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is issuing a stark warning in its new report – Meeting the Demand for Skilled Vehicle Technicians in the Age of ADAS – with a lack of skills to work on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) putting road users at risk and undermining UK mobility. This is the first time that the scale of Level 2 autonomy in the UK car parc and the skills required to maintain it has been analysed, the report highlights the very immediate risk to road safety.
Key data from the report:
· 5% of the UK car parc feature level 2 autonomy (where the vehicle can control acceleration, braking, and steering)
· There are currently only 3,000 technicians with IMI TechSafe qualifications to work on vehicles featuring ADAS
· In 2023 alone, the IMI estimates a shortfall of 6,000 technicians to support the UK car parc
· By 2030, 44% of cars on UK roads will include ADAS, requiring a total of 106,000 qualified technicians
· Based on current qualification and training trends, the IMI estimates that there will be a shortfall of 51,000 qualified technicians in just seven years