In the past, replacing a windshield was as simple as taking out the damaged one and replacing it with a new one. It was an easy technique with few to no drawbacks.
With the advent of the ADAS, this simpler era has passed us by. The acronym ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which may be found in the majority of modern automobiles.
Why do I need advanced safety systems recalibration?
Cars with an ADAS enhance safety and convenience in the driving experience. Drivers are protected by ADAS through a variety of features that create a concentric safety net around the vehicle thereby reducing the danger of collision. Advanced safety measures that assist and alert drivers on the road are enabled by the forward-facing front cameras.
Types of Windshield Camera Recalibration
To recalibrate the camera system, the vehicle must be driven at a certain speed on well-marked highways. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, it can take up to an hour or more.
During recalibration, a precise target picture must be placed on a fixture in front of the vehicle. Depending on the make and model of the car, it can take up to an hour or more.
The Importance Of Precise Calibration
When repairing the windshield of an ADAS-equipped vehicle, technicians cannot afford to make a mistake because it could jeopardise the system's efficiency.
Cameras and laser sensors are inside a windshield of an ADAS vehicle. These devices are typically responsible for ADAS features such as:
- Lane departure warning
- Lane-keeping assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Automatic headlight high-beam activation/dimming
- Automatic emergency braking
During the windshield replacement process, technicians must detach the cameras and sensors before reinstalling them in their proper locations. They must check that all ADAS equipment is properly calibrated after installation. The camera must be precisely angled and the laser sensors must be exactly aligned so that the sensors can detect the road and other obstacles as well as possible.
Signs A Vehicle Needs Recalibration
The ADAS technology is common in many new vehicles with many drivers already familiar with how it works. However, car owners may fail to detect the symptoms indicating their ADAS system requires a recalibration, something which is recommended on a regular basis.
When the following scenarios arise, a windshield replacement for an ADAS-equipped car will require calibration:
- After windshield replacement
- When a fault code appears on the dashboard
- If the camera is disconnected or disturbed
- After wheel realignment
- After minor vehicle collisions
- After the car’s suspension has changed
The above situations are part of a checklist at AIS Windshield Experts to help our technicians note down necessary information to determine if a car is due for a recalibration. All AIS Windshield Experts technicians are extensively trained in the process and have the right tools and equipment to recalibrate cameras and sensors.