The question of whether or not windshield breaks can be repaired in the camera sweep area of vehicles with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) may soon be answered with a “yes.”
NOVUS Glass Inc. is awaiting a patent of a resin specifically designed for use on windshields in cars with ADAS. “We already have it,” says Ted Andersen, vice president of operations for NOVUS Glass Inc. “We have a resin that’s patent pending.”
In development for the last six years under the supervision of chemist Penny Chatterton, the resin will be available only to NOVUS franchisees, Andersen says. “It allows us to fix a break in front of the camera. It has such clarity that it allows us to repair,” Andersen says.
Chatterton says the company’s ADAS resin is still in the proving stage. “The idea — if a damage could be repaired in that camera view and it not be seen it would be good not to have to do calibration,” she says. However, more testing is necessary to prove that calibration is unnecessary when NOVUS’s ADAS resin is used in repair. “If the camera can’t see a repair, you shouldn’t have to do any calibrations,” she adds. From NOVUS’s training department’s perspective, the ADAS resin is the best option for making a repair in a windshield disappear. Chatterton says that only a tiny blemish might be detected in the auto glass.