No matter how careful a driver you may think you are there is always a chance of your ending up with cracked or scratched windscreens. You never know when a rock suddenly cracks your windshield while you drive down the highway.
Though small, a rock can do quite some damage to your windscreen. It can easily chip the middle of a perfectly clear windshield. This only impairs your vision, which in turn makes it difficult for you to drive. This is why in most cases, it is better and safer for you to not just repair the windshield but to replace it.
What is an ADAS?
However, nowadays replacing a windshield is not a very straightforward task. This is because most vehicles now come installed with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that depends on sensors or cameras to work.
This system is installed to improve and enhance both driver and vehicle safety. With the cameras and sensors placed inside a car windscreen, there is a high chance of its angle and position changing during a glass replacement.
This can be best prevented, and even corrected with an ADAS camera calibration. It’s this calibration procedure that ensures the vehicle’s ADAS works as it should after the windscreen replacement.
Some people make the mistake of avoiding a camera ADAS calibration to save money. This proves expensive for them because they only end up with some faulty ADAS features which in turn make driving risky and possible accidents. We all know that an accident spells additional repair and hospital bills.
Importance of camera ADAS calibration
In fact, vehicle manufacturers recommend calibration of the system after a windscreen replacement to ensure all safety features are working normally. An incorrect fitting of only a few millimeters is enough for the compromise of these technologies.
It’s not only a complete windscreen replacement that requires an ADAS camera calibration. There are certain situations where it’s better to check the Driver Assistance Systems like:
- Disconnected ADAS camera
- Faulty or partially removed camera
- After a wheel alignment or change of suspension
Cars that need ADAS camera calibration
Not all, but most modern vehicles need ADAS camera calibration. This is mainly because of the complex technologies forming part of their windscreen. If your vehicle has some of these features, then it’s better to consult a trusted ADAS windscreen professional to find out and confirm you need one:
- Glare-free high beam
- Automotive night vision, parking and navigation system
- Adaptive high beam, light and cruise control
- Blindspot and driver drowsiness detector
- Crosswind and hill descent stabilization
- Collision avoidance and driver monitoring system
- Intersection, turning, emergency driving and lane change assistance
- Traffic sign and pedestrian recognition system
- Wrong-way driving warning
- Vehicular communication systems
Difference between dynamic and static calibration
There are two types of ADAS calibration that are performed, which is decided based on your windscreen technology. They are dynamic or mobile and static or fixed calibrations.
Dynamic or mobile
As the name suggests, this is ADAS calibration performed in a moving vehicle. It’s performed using a handheld device that’s plugged directly into the car. The car is then driven to a prescribed speed over a certain distance in optimal weather conditions.
This is to ensure the system gets accustomed to specific road features. The vehicle manufacturer may also indicate specific calibration parameters to follow for their dynamic ADAS.
Static or fixed
Static or fixed calibration is performed at a specially tailored ADAS calibration center having leveled flooring and specialist equipment for a successful calibration.
It’s performed using a specialist camera and sensor calibration tool. Each car manufacturer has individual calibration settings based on their static ADAS particulars.
Utah Mobile Auto Glass technicians are trained to calibrate cameras to the manufacturer’s standards. They ensure and conduct the proper calibration to ensure the camera is positioned at the right angle and position for an optimal view of the road ahead.
A windshield replacement with ADAS calibration generally requires only two hours. It’s based on an assessment of your car, windshield, and ADAS that the technician will decide if you need a little more time.