United Kingdom-based Autoglass® is rolling out its new solution to calibrate Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) throughout the country. The company is also working on an industry code of practice for calibration, which is due for publication later this year.
The ADAS calibration solution uses a custom-made diagnostic tool before and after a windshield replacement, which ensures the calibration has been carried out correctly. The company announced the pilot of the program in October 2015.
“The national roll-out of the calibration solution from Autoglass® follows a successful regional pilot, extensive investment in research, development, and technician training, resulting in Autoglass® being able to calibrate what it believes is an unrivalled 96 percent of all vehicles on the road,” reads a company statement.
Chris Davies, head of technical superiority at Autoglass®, adds, “Motorists are very familiar with the benefits of driving with well-established safety features like seat belts and airbags, helping to reduce the risk of injuries when accidents happen. But now the motoring industry has an important task to make drivers understand the importance of new and more technically complex features aimed at preventing collisions altogether, such as lane departure warnings and autonomous breaking. If the technologies that support these are working as they should, they will significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents.”
Autoglass® estimates that by the year 2020, more than 15.3 million vehicles—40 percent of the U.K. market— will require calibration following a windshield replacement. If the sensors and cameras near the windshields are misaligned by as little as one degree, the consequences can be devastating, according to the company. The devices could fail to detect and analyze driving conditions correctly in order to warn drivers about potential hazards. They could also fail take corrective actions such as autonomous emergency braking.
“The automotive aftermarket needs to evolve to keep pace with the speed of innovation that is happening to help bring down the number of injuries and deaths on U.K. roads,” says Neil Atherton, sales and marketing director of Autoglass®. “Even a minor margin of error can have serious consequences on the success or failure of the latest safety features. We are proud to play our part by working closely with our industry partners, rolling out our new calibration solution nationwide, and by being instrumental in efforts to create an industry code of practice, due for publication later this year.”
According to company research, more than two-thirds of drivers (68 percent) have gone against their vehicle manufacturer’s advice to calibrate following a windscreen replacement—many because they perceived everything was working correctly.
“Perhaps more worryingly, almost a third (31 percent) of those who contacted their car dealership for calibration found that their first point of contact was not aware of the need for calibration and 53 percent were given inaccurate advice in relation to their problem,” reads a company statement.
In 2015 just more than 2 percent of windshield replacements performed by Autoglass® required a calibration but this figure is set to grow dramatically over the next five years. Ninety five percent of all new car models tested by the European New Car Assessment Program in 2015 were already fitted with autonomous emergency braking.