AGA in auto-glazing Middle East feature

ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) has got everyone talking across the whole aftermarket and not just in the UK. Employing the use of windscreen-mounted cameras, radars and even laser sensing technology called LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), ADAS is the new watchword in vehicle technology in all global markets, including auto-glazing Middle East.

In the March issue of Bodyshop Middle East magazine, director of the Automotive Glazing Academy, Maria Charlton, considers the implications for the auto-glazing Middle East industry, including the requirement for specific windscreen training in regard to ADAS.

Commented Maria Charlton, AGA’s director:

“The cameras and sensors integral to ADAS provide vital information for onboard 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 in the UK alone, driven partly by EuroNCAP encouraging greater use of camera-reliant safety systems.”

Having grown the Automotive Glazing Academy to become the UK’s foremost provider of windscreen training and accreditation, Maria believes that this level of sophistication will also bring challenges to the auto-glazing Middle East aftermarket, which is not as developed as that in the UK.

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. Vehicle manufacturers have different stipulations, requiring ADAS cameras to be reset by either a dynamic (in motion) or static recalibration. Failure to reset cameras correctly would render a vehicle’s ADAS inaccurate or even inoperative, which could compromise the safety of the occupants and other road users.

Continued Maria:

“As in the UK, auto-glazing Middle East businesses need to understand the implications of working on vehicles with cameras and ensure they have the necessary skills base and equipment if they intend to offer recalibration as a safety critical service. It’s paramount that customers are advised of this after certain work is carried out. As ADAS is still new, the need for a joined-up approach by the industry is paramount if we are to ensure there is clarity over what practices, procedures and standards are required.”

In a concerted effort to tackle the issue, windscreen training specialist Automotive Glazing Academy is part of an industry-wide ADAS Working Group, which aims to ensure the aftermarket sector has that joined-up approach, including clearly defined standards. The group is developing a Code of Practice and the draft has been published for industry consultation.

Continued Maria:

“ADAS means a whole new skillset as auto-glazing Middle East technicians are now faced with not only having to correctly replace glass but also carry out systems diagnosis and recalibration. Understandably, vehicle manufacturers are looking closely at the issue of windscreen replacement in order to maintain the integrity of their vehicle systems and we would expect dealerships to become more closely involved in the need for recalibration in this market.”

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