National Windscreens has launched a calibration service for windscreen mounted cameras, a critical part of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which are featuring increasingly as standard in new vehicles. ADAS offers a wide range of safety features for vehicles, such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW), night vision and adaptive lighting, most of which rely on windscreen mounted cameras.
This new service is available at 108 ADAS recalibration centres operated by National Windscreens throughout the UK. Tim Camm, technical manager for National Windscreens, said: “The positioning of these cameras means that if windscreens need replacing then these cameras will also need calibration to ensure the safety systems continue to work as intended.
“Some ADAS cameras and sensors can be calibrated by driving the vehicle (dynamic calibration) but a significant number of manufacturers require static calibration in workshop conditions to ensure accuracy. In fact, our figures show that around 75% of all camera sensors should be calibrated under workshop conditions.”
ADAS is the fastest growing automotive technology, which uses windscreen-mounted cameras, radars and even laser sensors called LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to provide vital information for onboard safety systems. 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 the European safety organization, EuroNCAP, encouraging greater use of camera-based systems. To achieve a 5-star EuroNCAP rating in future, it’s expected that cars will need to feature ADAS as a minimum standard.
Crucially for car owners, ADAS recalibration of windscreen cameras is essential following any chassis or suspension repairs, wheel-alignment, body repair and even upgrading tyre sizes, not to mention screen replacement. Vehicle manufacturers have different stipulations regarding the recalibration process but one thing is universal. 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.
Sister company to the Automotive Glazing Academy, Essex SMART and Windscreens is the first independent auto-glazing business in Essex to have invested in the specialist equipment and skills necessary to provide a professional ADAS recalibration service to consumers. According to Maria Charlton, co-director of the firm:
“Vehicle owners need to be aware of ADAS, even if their current car doesn’t have it, as it can have implications for their future insurance. Even before ADAS, the complexity and volume of windscreen glass has meant that the cost of windscreens is increasing. However, in time we would expect premiums to reduce, as ADAS safety systems start to have a positive effect on collision prevention.”
To find out more about ADAS recalibration in the Essex region, call Essex SMART and Windscreens FREE on 0800 1699773.