AAA Studies ADAS and Windshield Replacements

AAA recently conducted a study of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in three vehicles “to better understand the costs of replacing and/or calibrating ADAS sensors in typical collision and repair scenarios.”

According to a report released this month about the study, AAA sought to find how what additional repair costs are incurred when specific ADAS cameras and sensors are damaged and/or must be calibrated; and how much it costs to replace a windshield on a vehicle with an ADAS camera sensor that must be calibrated.

The study found that windshield replacements for vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems ranges from $1,200 to $1,600 for aftermarket glass and $1,300 to $1,650 for factory glass, according to the AAA report.

The study looked at a small sport utility vehicle (2018 Nissan Rogue), a medium sedan (2018 Toyota Camry) and a full-size pickup truck (2018 Ford F-150).

“Each vehicle selected was equipped with the highest available level of ADAS functionality,” writes AAA.

The report notes that “there are a number of variables that come into play when calculating repair costs for ADAS systems.”

“Factors determined to be baseline values include: vehicle year, make, model, trim and options; repair part types and costs; repair labor operation times; auto body facility labor rates; dealer service department labor rates; and third-party auto glass replacement and ADAS sensor calibration costs,” writes AAA.

The report, which has appeared in different formats in various news sources, offers several tips for consumers whose windshields with ADAS need replaced. AAA encourages consumers to understand the type of technology the vehicle has and how much it would cost if damaged; review insurance policies to find out what is covered; select a repair facility that is able to repair and calibrate ADAS; and, following a replacement, “request proof that safety systems were properly repaired and calibrated.”

Click here to view the full report.

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4 Responses to AAA Studies ADAS and Windshield Replacements

  1. Lisa says:

    What brand ADAS Calibration system was used to perform these tests?

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  4. Mindy Jollie says:

    Thank you for sharing the AAA report on ADAS calibration. I imagine that those kinds of calibrations are most often for cars that have been in accidents or under a lot of repairs. If I had a car that needed recalibration, I would want to make sure a specialist worked with it.

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