Frequently Ask Windshield Calibration Questions
What is ADAS?
ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. ADAS is a rapidly growing new technology that includes systems to help the driver in the driving process. These systems should increase car safety & more generally, road safety for
a. Lane Keep Assist
b. Lane Departure Warning
c. Forward Collision Alert
d. Blind Spot Monitoring
f. Adaptive Cruise Control
g. Adaptive Headlights
h. Forward Collision Mitigation / Smart City Brake
What Impact is ADAS Having on the Autoglass Industry?
It is forecasted that the number of replacements with windshield-mounted sensors will increase to 3,000,000+ by 2020
As of September 2015, 10 auto manufacturers committed to making Automatic Emergency Breaking a standard feature on all cars. These manufacturers accounted for ~57% of US auto sales in 2014
As of December 2015, NHTSA is adding ADAS to their New Car Assessment Program (5-Star Safety Rating) & vehicles must have ADAS to receive a 5-Star rating
What is Windshield Calibration?
Windshield calibration is the process of returning a vehicle’s ADAS to OEM specifications
Calibration is necessary after a new glass installation, particularly a windshield with a camera mounted to it, to ensure that the ADAS features continue to function properly despite having been moved during installation
Why do we need to be able to perform calibration?
A vehicle’s computer relies on the cameras/radars/lasers used by the ADAS being in the correct alignment to function properly but does not automatically adjust them itself.
Calibration guides the vehicle’s computer & ensures these systems are working properly.
When a windshield is replaced, the camera should be removed from the bracket & unplugged from the car. After the replacement is completed, the camera needs to be reattached & recalibrated.
- If a vehicle is modified and even a camera that has not been unplugged from the car would need to be recalibrated to ensure proper functionality of the ADAS features & minimize the potential accidents and liabilities.
What will happen if vehicle is not calibrated
If a car’s ADAS is not properly calibrated, the system may not function safely.
If the cameras/radars/lasers on the vehicle are off by even a few millimeters they may not give accurate readings and the system may not function properly.
How long does calibration take?
Depending on the type of calibration & the specific vehicle, calibration can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 3+ hours.
Contact Windshield Calibration Services Today!
Windshield Calibration Servcies is excited to be a Southwest Florida factory trained and certified dealer for Opti-Aim™. Opti-Aim™ is the industry’s first aftermarket windshield calibration tool for managing complex installations that demand precise, camera-ready accuracy. For the very best in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) calibration give us a call today at (239) 719-1177.