We are proud to be the leading provider of auto glass and windshield repair and replacement in Raleigh. As part of our dedication to service, we are now able to calibrate windshield cameras.
If you have a later model car, chances are you have an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that includes a forward-facing camera. Used in forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, and more, these cameras are an excellent way to improve driver safety and minimize the risk of collision. However, if you have had or need windshield replacement, vehicle manufacturers recommend having the camera recalibrated to ensure accuracy and precision. At Glass Solutions in Raleigh, we offer windshield camera recalibration and can often do it at the same time as we replace or repair your windshield.
Understanding Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS)
In order to provide you with things like forward collision warning and lane departure warnings as we mentioned above, your car is equipped with cameras, lasers, and radar all working together to provide the computer system with precise, up-to-date information. The camera mounted to the windshield is a key component to this system, and if the windshield is replaced, the camera needs to be set into perfect alignment with the other sensors and cameras, in accordance with the original equipment manufacturer’s specifications in order to maintain precision and functionality.
Types of Vehicle Recalibration
There are two types of ways to align the computer system, windshield, and components of the ADAS:
- Static Recalibration
- Dynamic Recalibration
The one used is determined by the manufacturer’s requirements or recommendations. Static recalibration relies on using a stationary or non-moving target in place ahead of the car to use as a center point. Dynamic recalibration requires a driving rest on closed roads, allowing the camera and sensors to go through a series of movements and sight fixed objects.
Why Is Vehicle Recalibration Necessary?
If you have your windshield replaced and the windshield camera recalibration is not performed, your car could react improperly or fail to alert you of danger. Consider that areas of the glass have tinting in order for the sensors to pick up possible issues and concerns, and if the camera isn’t in the right place, it could actually lead to an accident. For example, if you have emergency braking, and the ADAS isn’t calibrated properly, your car could stop abruptly for no reason or fail to send out a lane change warning.
When Should I Have Windshield Camera Calibration?
There are certain times that you’ll need to have the ADAS calibrated, including after:
- Windshield replacement
- Wheel realignment
- Car suspension repairs and updates
- Disconnecting or reconnecting the camera
- Error messages