Jack Morris Auto Glass has successfully replaced more ADAS windshields than any of our competitors in our market area.
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.
Each Jack Morris technician is trained in handling ADAS technology and is certified by the Auto Glass Safety Council.
For your ADAS camera to work properly, your replacement windshield must be made to the same specifications as your original windshield. 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 technicians are able to maintain the functionality of your vehicle’s ADAS camera using glass made to OE specifications. In some cases your ADAS camera will require recalibration by the car dealer to function properly. When recalibration is required, we work with the car dealer who is most familiar with your vehicle’s particular ADAS system.
To increase their profits, some of our competitors have started experimenting with aftermarket, one-size-fits-all recalibration tools. The car makers do not recommend using these aftermarket ADAS recalibration tools, and your safety is more important to us than 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 the Mid-South.