SOUTHFIELD, MICH., March 22, 2021 – The Vision Zero Automotive Network today announced an ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) Certification Program in partnership with and powered by the Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) program. This new program has been developed to provide specialized product knowledge and installation training to automotive accessories and mobile electronics retailers/installers specific to aftermarket ADAS products and solutions such as rear visibility systems, blind spot detection products, parking guidance, voice enabled services and more. In addition to improving and enhancing the awareness of aftermarket ADAS overall, the goal of the program is to provide confidence and assurance to consumers interested in ADAS solutions that Vision Zero Automotive Network ADAS Certified retailers/installers possess the knowledge and professionalism to assist in the selection and installation of compatible products that seamlessly integrate with the driver’s vehicle.
“The ADAS Certification Program is a critical step toward realizing the mission of the Vision Zero Automotive Network, which is to change driver behavior through technology and ultimately eliminate traffic related fatalities,” said Bernie Sapienza, executive director of the Vision Zero Automotive Network. “We are confident the consistency of information, product knowledge and installation training gained through a certification program will boost consumer adoption of aftermarket ADAS technology and products. MECP has an established history of success as a nationally recognized program, certifying more than 50,000 installation technicians over the last three decades and we are proud to partner with them on this important initiative.”
The existing Vision Zero Automotive Network dealer locator (https://vzan.org/dealer-locator/), a tool that assists consumers to search for, identify and contact Vision Zero Automotive Network members based on geographic location, will be updated to include a certification badge upon successful completion of the ADAS Certification Program coursework and testing. Consumers can further refine their search result based on categories of services provided, products offered and vehicle type specialization.
“MECP is excited to partner with the Vision Zero Automotive Network to develop this ADAS certification program, the first of its kind within the automotive aftermarket”, said Kris Bulla, President and Founder of Certification Systems Technology Company. “Although many existing MECP supporting retailers already include driver assistance products as a part of their services, we believe that developing and launching an ADAS specific certification program associated with the goal of saving lives will lead to more participation and a better overall experience for the end consumer.”
The ADAS Certification Program will be available as an individual certification open to any automotive industry professional or as an “add-on” certification for current MECP-certified technicians and specialists.
For more information on the Vision Zero Automotive network, please contact Bernie Sapienza, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.visionzero.us.
About the Vision Zero Automotive Network
“Vision Zero Automotive Network” is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity dedicated to educating and encouraging the saving of lives through the addition of life-saving technologies. Our mission, simply stated, is to save lives. Using several Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and technologies developed for the automotive aftermarket, we have the power to make an impact now. We want to use that power to every driver’s advantage. Not in ten years. Not next year. Not next week. Not tomorrow. Today, right this minute, the aftermarket consumer electronics industry have the products and the technology that can help drivers avoid deadly accidents. Our mission is to get those products into cars and trucks that already exist, now. And once we do, we can help avoid 10,000 deaths on U.S. roads.
About the Mobile Electronics Certified Professional Program
The Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) program is the only nationally recognized credential that certifies mobile technology installation technicians and sales people on automotive information technology, entertainment, navigation, safety and security systems.
With more than 50,000 installation technicians tested through the years, the MECP program continues to signify professionalism and expertise in the industry. MECP is owned and operated by the Certification Systems Technology Company (CTSC)TM.