Kentwood, Mich. – The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent
non-profit standard-setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, announces their
new CAPA Standard 703 for automotive sensors. The standard is applicable to ultrasonic park distance
control (PDC) sensors but may be expanded to include other types of sensors in the future. It contains
requirements for function, performance, durability, ingress protection, electrical, mechanical, climate,
electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), fit, dimensionality, appearance, and materials.
With the growing trend of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), more automobiles are
incorporating sensors to assist with parking and low speed maneuvering. It is estimated that rear parking
sensors will be present in nearly 40 percent of registered vehicles in 2021, growing to 95 percent over
two decades.1 Following feedback from the collision repair industry, CAPA created Standard 703, which
includes demonstrated compliance to applicable sections of ISO 17386 and ISO 22840 (where applicable)
for function and performance, as well as ADAS-related requirements not addressed by ISO standards. All
CAPA certified sensors undergo extensive testing to demonstrate comparability to OEM service parts.
“CAPA’s goal is to provide the auto repair industry with a reliable, trusted means for identifying
replacement parts comparable to parts from the original equipment manufacturer,” said Clark Plucinski,
Chairman at CAPA. “As parking sensors become more prevalent in automobiles, the collision repair
industry, insurers and consumers require peace of mind in having access to quality, safe, and affordable
replacement sensors. We are thrilled to offer our new standard to fit this need.”
Manufacturers wishing for more information about the standard, or to have their products certified by
CAPA, can contact Jillian Rahal at 616-656-7401 or jillian.rahal.@intertek.com. Information can also be
found at the CAPA website, www.CAPAcertified.org.
1. Highway Loss Data Institute Bulletin. Volume 34, Number 28. September 2017.
09f25e81d43d/q78xLA/HLDI%20Research/Bulletins/hldi_bulletin_34.28.pdf. Accessed 4/28/2020