The days of simply replacing a windshield are quickly ending.
With the advent of ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) technology, windshield replacement often requires perfectly precise recalibration to ensure that a vehicle’s windshield cameras are positioned correctly and functioning as they should.
So many ADAS components are integrated into, and rely on, that camera mounted in the windshield, that it’s become a very involved process, Thomas Patterson, director of new product development and technical training for Glass Doctor, said, adding that it will only become more complicated as sequential calibration becomes necessary.
“It’s a major impact on anyone in the collision industry. ... It just changed everything,” he said.
Glass Doctor, a franchised enterprise, specializes in window replacement and repair, including auto glass.
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Recalibration — zeroing out the camera — is vital for driver safety, industry reps agree.
Systems such as lane-keep assist, which keep vehicles centered in the lane, won’t work correctly if the camera is off by even a small amount, he said.
An uncalibrated camera could send a vehicle veering out of the lane, Patterson said.
“We’ve had customers come to us and say they had their windshield replaced and now their car is trying to kill them because it’s driving them into oncoming traffic,” he said.