What are ADAS and How Should We Handle Them?

January 28, 2016

The term Automated Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) has been coming up more and more often in the industry in recent months, along with the question about how the industry will handle these.

ADAS functions via cameras which are mounted on the windshield and other vehicle glass. Following a windshield replacement, some vehicle manufacturers require that the cameras are recalibrated to ensure they function properly.

ADAS calibration entails triggering the specific vehicle software that determines if the windshield-mounted camera is positioned correctly to take accurate readings and measurements for ADAS functionalities.

“There are more and more vehicle manufacturers that are requiring OEM glass be used on vehicles equipped with ADAS systems,” says Bob Beranek, chair of the Auto Glass Safety Council™’s (AGSC) ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard Committee. “The glass part itself must meet the exact specifications of the system or it may perform abnormally due to curvature issues and tint.”

While dealerships sometimes calibrate the ADAS, Beranek notes that some dealers may not even calibrate the system unless the glass used is OEM.

“Many dealers across the U.S. don’t even know what an ADAS is or know how to deal with it,” he adds.

“We are planning to address this issue but ‘when’ is the question mark here,” says Beranek. “Once we feel we have the facts collected and we come to a consensus on what we can and are willing to do, we will draft a guideline and publish.”

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