ADAS, or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, are being included with more and more new cars. This early phase technology helps drivers stay in their lanes or brake automatically in an emergency, among other safety and convenience features. These systems will eventually advance to the point where cars drive themselves. Today, however, ADAS technology is not entirely reliable, and it is essential that drivers maintain their full attention to the road and not be lulled into relying upon ADAS to do any driving for them.
Current ADAS technology often relies upon a camera mounted behind the windshield. When your windshield is replaced, it is important that your camera be precisely remounted. Jack Morris Auto Glass technicians are very familiar with these systems because we have successfully replaced more ADAS windshields in our market area than any of our competitors.
Having a properly trained and experienced auto glass technician handle your ADAS windshield replacement is critical. Each Jack Morris technician is highly trained, experienced, and certified by the Auto Glass Safety Council.
It is also important that your replacement windshield be made to the same specifications as your original windshield so that the ADAS camera will work properly. We buy our glass directly from the same vendors that make the glass for the car companies. The glass we install is made to the same original equipment (OE) specifications, by the same manufacturers, as the glass originally installed in your vehicle.
Because we buy directly from the OE glass manufacturers, our customers are usually able to avoid paying the heavy price markups charged by the car dealers for glass. Sometimes, however, we install dealer glass either because the OE equivalent glass is not available elsewhere or because our customer prefers to have the dealer logo imprinted on the glass and understands the price difference. Other than the dealer logo and price mark up, the glass is the same, made to the same OE specifications, by the same glass manufacturers.
Our highly trained and certified auto glass technicians, using glass made to OE specifications, are able to maintain the functionality of your vehicle’s ADAS camera. In some cases, however, your ADAS camera will require recalibration by the dealer to function properly. When recalibration is required, we believe it best to have the car dealer who is most familiar with your vehicle’s particular ADAS system handle the recalibration, instead of relying upon universal, one-size-fits-all recalibration tools that some auto glass companies have started using. Your safety is more important to us than our profits.
Many ADAS cameras dynamically self-calibrate, and in the future all ADAS cameras will continually calibrate themselves through various driving conditions including acceleration and braking, turning, varying tire pressures, changing gas tank levels, passenger loads, and other weight distributions, all of which currently affect ADAS camera angle and functionality. Dynamic self-calibration through all driving conditions will be required before drivers can safely rely upon ADAS systems in the real world.
In the meantime, when dealer recalibration is required after an insurance-covered windshield replacement, we will contact the dealer, get the recalibration authorized by the insurer, and provide the customer with a Purchase Order to have the recalibration performed. This way the insured customer doesn’t have to pay out of pocket for the recalibration or try to file the insurance claim for the recalibration separately on their own. As always, we will work with the customer to make the job as convenient and easy as possible instead of leaving the burden on the customer or insurance agent’s office.
As this technology continues to evolve and advance, we will stay on top of it and adjust our practices accordingly to keep making customers happy and making life easier for insurance agents’ offices. Although ADAS is new, we’ve been dealing successfully with changes in car glass since 1951. That’s why we are the leading auto glass company in our market area.