Safety system recalibration

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 or looking through the windscreen.

When a windscreen is replaced on an ADAS vehicle, there is a possibility of misalignment due to the safety system's 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 becomes vital that you have a trusted expert handle any and all windscreen replacements.

What is ADAS

Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems or ADAS, are a family of safety systems designed to work together to automate and enhance vehicle safety. Each system alerts the driver to potential problems and helps avoid collisions. ADAS vehicles typically have a forward facing camera mounted on the windscreens.

When a windscreen is replaced on one of these vehicles, there is a possibility of misalignment due to the camera's 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.

Do I have ADAS on my vehicle?

It is important to know if your vehicle is fitted with ADAS features because the ADAS system might need to be recalibrated following a windscreen replacement (depending on the the manufacturer’s instruction).

We advise you check with your vehicle manufacturer for which ADAS systems you have on your vehicle. Alternatively, Smith&Smith® can easily identify if your car has an ADAS windscreen by speaking with you.

Can Smith&Smith® recalibrate my ADAS camera?

Yes we can.

We now offer recalibration for many vehicle types with our Cal-Tech® system.

For some vehicle models where the Smith&Smith system is not yet available, we have relationships with many car manufacturer dealerships and will arrange the recalibration on your behalf.

Why do we recalibrate your car’s ADAS safety cameras?

It is recommended by most vehicle manufacturers that after replacing your windscreen the cameras should be recalibrated to ensure the ADAS system is operating with the precision that the safety system requires.

At Smith&Smith® when we replace a windscreen with inbuilt ADAS technology, we believe the safest option is to recalibrate the camera in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

What do I need to know before getting my camera recalibrated?

There are a few things you should know in preparation for your ADAS appointment. If your vehicle has any modifications, such as larger/wider wheels, altered suspension or modified bodywork, please advise us at the time of making your booking. This is because the vehicle may require a special treatment.

To successfully calibrate your vehicle.

  • Your vehicle is required to have a full tank of fuel. This is so the vehicle is the correct weight.
  • We will need to take your vehicle for a short test drive to ensure all systems are working correctly before we return the vehicle.
  • We will also check your tyre pressures.