ADAS Working Group publishes draft Code of Practice

The industry’s draft Code of Practice for ADAS windscreen calibration has been published for consultation.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is the biggest evolution facing the automotive glazing repair and replacement (AGRR) sector during 2016 but also across the whole retail vehicle industry.

Employing the use of windscreen-mounted cameras, radars and even laser sensing technology called LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), ADAS  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.

The benefits of ADAS windscreens are already being explained to customers in dealer showrooms. The question is, what happens if one gets cracked and needs replacing?

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. Failure to reset cameras correctly, even the slightest misalignment, would render a vehicle’s ADAS inaccurate or even inoperative, which could compromise occupant safety. Vehicle manufacturers have different stipulations, requiring ADAS cameras to be reset by either a dynamic (in motion) or static recalibration, so it’s important to note that there is NO universal solution.

OEMs are looking at the issue of windscreen recalibration in order to maintain the integrity of their vehicle systems and as a value added service for customers, so it’s likely that dealerships and independent garages will become more closely involved.

The Automotive Glazing Academy is part of an industry-wide ADAS Working Group, which aims to ensure there’s a joined-up approach, including clearly defined standards for all interested parties. The group has just launched its draft Code of Practice and invites feedback from the industry.

Please click on the link below to read the draft document.

Code of Practice (ADAS) v4 – 03.03.16

If you wish to provide feedback on the draft Code of Practice please send an email to andy.walker@thatcham.org and you will receive a form to enter your comments. This must be returned to the same email address by the 22nd May 2016.

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