SEMA Show attendees will have the chance to see Lucid Motors’ Service Fastener Display Unit and special presentations from the OEM during this year’s SEMA Show at the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) booth.
The Service Fastener Display Unit serves two key functions: to show the multiple different fastener types used in typical Lucid Collision Repair Methods and display the overall design influences used in the construction of the drive train and mechanical components, according to an SCRS news release. The latter allows Lucid to maximize interior space in the vehicle while having a smaller exterior footprint.
The service fasteners used in the display and in vehicle repair were chosen to maintain “the absolute closest representation” of the factory installed fasteners (SPRs) that are removed and replaced during structural repairs.
Attendees will also take note of the drive unit size and positioning. Drive units are more compact in size compared to other comparable EVs on the market. They are positioned lower in the vehicle to increase the amount of interior cabin space for occupants.
The display also includes a high-voltage pack cell layout and highlights the different uses of die-cast and stamped components in the structure of the vehicle, which presents a unique view into the construction of one of the newest EV vehicles entering the market, the release states. More information about Lucid’s Body Repair Program can be found online on the Lucid Techinfo Portal at Techinfo.lucidmotors.com.
During his presentation at noon on Nov. 1, Lucid Body Repair Program Operations Manager Jake Rodenroth will demonstrate the power of an augmented reality application designed by the OEM’s engineers to give service centers and certified collision repair shops the ability to better visualize Lucid’s vehicle construction and components.
The app pulls up a schematic of the Lucid Air and shows everything on it from body structure, chassis and powertrain, high voltage and low voltage battery systems to electronics and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) components.
Rodenroth previewed the app during the Collision Industry Conference’s July meeting prior to more development since then. At that time, he said repairers who use the app will be able to see every connector and its location within millimeters of where it’s actually at on the real vehicle. Repair procedures can also be pulled up on the app.
“Quite literally, they can just here and watch and plug through it,” Rodenroth said. “It will give us what the direction is and what we want you to do, what the required tools are, and what equipment you’re going to need.”
Rodenroth will virtually build off the Service Fastener Unit in the booth using the app to demonstrate how users can take advantage of a detailed view of every fastener and procedure, and even the ability to select parts to order. The presentation will also emphasize proactive steps to appropriately communicate with vehicle owners, safety considerations, and more. He’ll be joined by Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) Administrator Danny Gredinberg, who will help explore and elaborate on repair planning considerations associated with newer vehicles and cutting-edge technology.
Rodenroth will also take part in the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, hosted by SCRS, on Nov. 3 during the SEMA Show. He will be a panelist during Session III: Managing Scan Tool Choices While Ensuring Safe and Proper Repairs from 1-2:30 p.m.
The session will cover two of the most common questions asked in the industry regarding scanning, according to SCRS: Why do the OEMs require the use of their factory tool when servicing safety systems? And is there a difference between the factory tool and an aftermarket tool?
Chris Chesney, training and organizational development vice president for Repairify, will present the results of a field study completed by the company that connected multiple aftermarket tools to thousands of YMMT vehicles and compiled a comparative analysis of the scan results, Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) and the ability to clear DTCs in the same manner as the factory tool. Chesney will provide insight into how the resulting database can identify when, and if, an aftermarket tool can offer the same results as an OEM tool.
Following the presentation of data, Chesney will welcome automakers to discuss how the results of the tests align with automaker guidance and requirements as well as challenges faced by repairers in adherence to those repair instructions.
Dan Dent, Nissan Motor Corp. certified repair network collision manager and Devin Wilcox, Subaru of America collision network program manager and strategist will join Rodenroth on the panel.
Featured image: Lucid’s Service Fastener Display Buck (Credit: Lucid/SCRS)
A photo of one of many schematics that will be available in a repairer-focused app that Lucid is developing.