At the forthcoming ABP Expo in Manchester on 15-16 March, the Automotive Glazing Academy will be on hand to provide delegates with an outline of the major developments in vehicle glazing, the most topical of which is the rise in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
ADAS is the watchword for not only the automotive glazing repair and replacement (AGRR) sector but the wider aftermarket, as this technology is set to shake up the traditional model of having windscreens changed.
Employing the use of windscreen-mounted cameras, radars and even laser sensing technology called LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), ADAS is already something that dealer sales executives are explaining to customers in the showroom. These cameras and sensors provide vital information for on board safety systems including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking, for example. Industry estimates put the level of windscreen replacements involving ADAS-equipped cars in 2014 at about 1% but this is predicted to surge to over 40% by 2020, driven partly by EuroNCAP encouraging greater use of camera-reliant safety systems.
For the AGRR and aftermarket sector, this means the recalibration of an ADAS-equipped windscreen is essential following any chassis or suspension repairs, wheel-alignment, tracking, body repair and of course, screen replacement.
It’s important to understand that vehicle manufacturers have different stipulations, requiring ADAS cameras to be reset by either a dynamic (in motion) or static recalibration, so there is NO universal solution.
The consequences of failure to reset cameras correctly, even with the slightest misalignment, would render a vehicle’s ADAS inaccurate or even inoperative, which could compromise the safety of the occupants and other road users.
Differing approaches to recalibration will therefore mean new skill-sets for those technicians dealing with this work, which could include the use of Camera and Sensor Calibration (CSC) diagnostic tools, now in the market. Understandably, vehicle manufacturers are looking closely at the issue of windscreen replacement in order to maintain the integrity of their vehicle systems. This, to a degree, has blurred the lines of responsibility when it comes to automotive glazing, as dealerships are likely to become more closely involved in the need for recalibration.
AGA is part of an industry-wide ADAS Working Group, which aims to ensure the aftermarket sector has a joined-up approach, including clearly defined standards for all interested parties. The group is currently developing a Code of Practice, due to be published in draft form during March, which will be put out for industry consultation.
AGA is at the forefront of building awareness about ADAS and helping businesses with a solution that will to keep their skills updated, as well as training the next generation. For more information, please get in touch.