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Gary Ledoux

The collision industry went through many changes during the 1970s.

Most automotive and HD truck shops—mechanical and collision-repair shops—need more technicians.

Auto body associations had been around since the 1940s.

Most people in the auto collision industry agree that the collision industry was born around 1946.

The American fleet had grown exponentially by the 1970s.

After a car collision occurs, one must figure out how to get their car repaired, arrange alternative transportation and so on.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), a computer-aided means of keeping a vehicle in its lane and preventing or mitigating collisions, is a relatively new concept in the automotive world and even newer for the trucking world.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 16:42

In Reverse: The Birth of I-CAR

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As I-CAR celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we thought it only fitting to provide some insight into the organization’s natal beginnings.

People have been repairing collision-damaged trucks since August Fruehauf stuck a trailer behind a Ford Model T in 1914 to create the first semi-trailer rig.

 

Truck Topics is a new series of articles seen periodically in Autobody News that is dedicated to the collision side of the heavy duty truck market.

 

We see them all the time---semi trucks, trailers, buses, RVs, dump trucks and other pieces of heavy equipment wrecked in what had to be a horrendous crash.

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