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What is ADAS Windscreen Calibration?

ADAS or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is a collective term for the various technological enhancements present in many modern vehicles. These technologies aim to enhance and improve both driver and vehicle safety. Often Advanced Driver Assistance Systems can be found as part of modern windscreens. Because of these developments, often special procedures must be followed when you are getting a new windscreen installed on many modern vehicles.

Features of ADAS windscreens

Cars are constantly evolving. As a result, more and more advanced driver safety features are being integrated into the windscreens. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are relevant to vehicle glass repair and replacement because of the cameras and sensors that can be present on the windscreen itself.

When an ADAS integrated windscreen is replaced, there is a danger of misalignment due to their sensitivity. This can have an effect on how well the system works where the manufacturer has specified it is needed, the technician fitting your windscreen must ensure correct calibration is carried out so that the camera has precisely the right view of the road ahead. As ADAS technology continues to improve and get more complex – it therefore becomes vital that you have a trusted expert handle any and all windscreen replacements.

Why is windscreen camera calibration necessary?

ADAS windscreens typically function through a combination of sensors and cameras.

Vehicle manufacturers recommend that, following a windscreen replacement, the system is calibrated to ensure that the camera's line of sight is working as it should.

Calibrating your windscreen should not be limited to immediately after a complete replacement. It is recommended that you get your ADAS checked if:

  • Your ADAS camera gets disconnected for any reason.
  • Your camera is partially removed or develops a fault.
  • You have recently had a wheel alignment or change of suspension because this can affect your ADAS service.

Does my car need ADAS windscreen calibration?

Many modern vehicles boast complex technologies as part of their windscreen. If you’re vehicle has any of these features, then you should consult a trusted ADAS windscreen professional to confirm if a calibration is necessary.

  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC)
  • Adaptive high beam
  • Glare-free high beam
  • Adaptive light control: swiveling curve lights
  • Automatic parking
  • Automotive navigation system providing up-to-date traffic information.
  • Automotive night vision
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Collision avoidance system
  • Crosswind stabilisation
  • Driver drowsiness detection
  • Driver Monitoring System
  • Electric vehicle warning sounds used in hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles
  • Emergency driver assistant
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Intersection assistant
  • Hill descent control
  • Intelligent speed adaptation or intelligent speed advice (ISA)
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane change assistance
  • Pedestrian protection system
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Turning assistant
  • Vehicle communication systems
  • Wrong-way driving warning

Your ADAS calibration appointment

If your car is fitted with ADAS technology, it may require a calibration following a windscreen replacement. But don't worry, we'll let you know when you book with us.

One of our fully-trained technicians will then perform the calibration during your appointment using our in-house tools when available. In some cases where we are not able to complete the calibration service in-house, we will arrange for your vehicle camera to be recalibrated for you. 

At Smith&Smith®, we are the ADAS calibration specialists, with the expert knowledge and tools to complete a calibration.   

Request an appointment online today or call us on 0800 48 33 88 to arrange an appointment.