What you need to know
Windscreens are being used to support new advanced driver safety technologies accounting for 36% of a vehicle shell’s overall strength. Advanced driver-assistance systems, or ADAS, are systems to help the driver in the driving process. They are designed for optimum safety should an accident happen.
When designed with a safe human-machine interface, they should increase car safety and more generally road safety.
This can include everything from lane departure and automated braking. Such technologies usually rely upon sensors and cameras mounted on a vehicle’s windscreen.
Drivers really only need to be concerned about ADAS if they need a windscreen replacement, not a chip repair. When a new windscreen is fitted, the cameras and sensors could be left misaligned during the fitting of the glass.
Just a millimetre change in glass positioning can have a huge impact on how the technology works in a crash. It is so important that a vehicle is re-calibrated once a new windscreen has been fitted. It ensures the safety of any vehicle by making sure all the technologies are working correctly, as they did when they left the assembly line.
Windscreen replacement companies either re-calibrate the vehicle themselves having invested in calibration equipment or use the services of the main dealer who will carry out the re-calibration on behalf of the windscreen company, either way means more time your vehicle is off the road.
What impact does this have on windscreen repair?
With ADAS being such a crucial safety feature of a vehicles safety a windscreen replacement should always be a last resort. Windscreen repairs which could be deemed as unrepairable or unsuccessful with certain windscreen repair kits and resins could be repaired with better, higher quality repair products.
Quite simply, by using high quality stainless steel injectors which do not leak, vacuum and pressure systems and variation of resins to match the resin viscosity to the type of damage you are trying to repair successful outcomes of repairs could be vastly increased like they system we use being Delta kits.
Lots of talk and investment with ADAS, replacements, re-calibration, safety, technology, new drive away times and very little effort in how to avoid ADAS disturbance.
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Below is a animation example of a ADAS system in operation by Honda
Some advanced driver assistance systems have been around for a long time, and they have already proven time and time again to result in an improved driving experience or better overall road safety. GPS navigation, for example, has become increasingly common in OEM infotainment systems since first being introduced in the 1990s. You won't find a lot of drivers longing for the days of paper maps, but other advanced driver technologies seem a little more abstruse.
Below is a few driver assistance systems that have been around a while and maybe on your car...
01 Adaptive cruise control
This advanced driver assistance technology is especially useful on the highway, where drivers otherwise have to constantly monitor their cruise control systems for safety reasons. With advanced cruise control, a vehicle will automatically slow down or speed up in response to the actions of the car or truck in front of it. Most of these systems automatically shut off below a certain speed threshold, but others can even be used in stop and go traffic.
02 Adaptive lights
Adaptive light control systems are designed to help drivers see better and further in the darkness. This advanced driver assistance technology allows the headlights to swivel and rotates to better illuminate the roadway through corners which is especially useful on country road or those dark roads to be able to see cyclist.
04 Automatic parking
Automatic parking systems vary from one manufacture to another, but most of them are designed to help a driver parallel park. Some of these systems can perform the entire job automatically, and others simply provide advice so that the driver knows when to turn the steering wheel and when to stop.
05 Blind spot detection
Blind spot detection systems use a variety of sensors to provide a driver with vital information that would be difficult or impossible to come by through any other means. Some of these systems will sound an alarm if they sense the presence of an object within a blind spot, and other include cameras that can transmit an image to the head unit or another monitor such as a flashing light on wing mirrors.
06 Automatic braking
Automatic braking is a pre-crash technology that is designed to reduce the severity of high-speed collisions in the event of a lapse of driver attention. While some automatic braking systems can actually prevent collisions, they’re typically meant to slow the vehicle to the point where less damage is caused and fatalities are unlikely.