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ADAS Calibration Legislation May Impact The Auto Glass Industry In Effort To Protect the Consumer

On March 11, the Auto Glass Safety Council released a statement that warned the auto glass replacement and repair industry of possible changes to pricing, billing practices, and relationships with consumers and insurance companies. The Auto Glass Safety Council is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the safe repair and replacement of auto glass. The statement was released in concern of recent state legislative proposals.

The proposed legislation seeks to provide ADAS calibration transparency to the customer while reworking the relationship auto glass shops have with insurance companies and claims adjusters. This could cause concern for auto glass companies that perform or subcontract their ADAS calibration services. 

The bills may vary by state but are primarily based on similar laws passed in Utah in 2021 and 2022 that:

  • Require auto glass repair shops to provide the customer with an itemized description in writing of the work to be performed, the amount the insurance company is paying, and cannot represent that there will be no cost to the customer unless the insurance company has approved the cost.
  • Require auto glass shops to meet or exceed motor vehicle manufacturer specifications and not charge for services not in accordance with those specifications. 
  • Requires auto glass shops to inform the customer if a calibration service was not performed or not successfully performed.
  • Allow an insurer to limit the payment on recalibration to a “fair and competitive price.”
  • Impose possible civil penalties of $500 for each violation of the bill’s provisions. 

Many states, including Arizona, Maryland, and Illinois, are considering passing this legislation. While Georgia has yet to report on adopting these laws, it’s important to still raise awareness of how such legislature could affect our auto glass shop. 

Lightning Auto Glass is located in Chamblee, Georgia. We work with our trusted partner, Insight Vehicle Calibration, to perform ADAS calibration service for customers who recently had a windshield replacement, changed suspension, a wheel alignment, or received a fault code.

The Importance of ADAS Calibration After A Wheel Alignment

Many modern vehicle models require ADAS recalibration after a wheel alignment. Proper alignment can influence how ADAS safety features work in your vehicle. Your vehicle’s alignment can directly affect the performance of your ADAS features, especially lane keep assist and collision braking.  It is important to know if your vehicle will require an ADAS recalibration after a wheel alignment by calling our experts.

Wheel Alignments Adjust Your Steering Wheel Sensor Which Impacts ADAS

Do I Need To Recalibrate My ADAS After A Wheel Alignment?

ADAS cameras and sensors receive feedback from different vehicle parts to function, such as input from the steering angle sensor. The steering angle sensor transmits the steering wheel’s angle, turn rate, and other data to your vehicle’s internal computer. Certain ADAS features like lane keep assist may be activated based on the input received.

Vehicles equipped with ADAS need their system to be in sync with how the vehicle is traveling down the road. ADAS calibration after a wheel alignment may be required, as steering wheel sensors are often adjusted during the alignment process. Without recalibration, your ADAS may think your steering wheel is turned a certain way even when it is not. This can cause your ADAS features to perform incorrectly, putting you and your passengers in danger.

Schedule Your Wheel Alignment and ADAS Calibration with Lightning Auto Glass

Let’s use lane keep assist as an example. If your vehicle pulls to the left or the right, lane keep assist will work to correct your vehicle’s trajectory back toward the center. But what if your vehicle is driving straight down the road and your ADAS camera or steering angle sensor is miscalibrated? Your vehicle may try to self-correct itself, even when correction is not required. This could lead to collision or injury due to incorrect road feedback.

ADAS sensors and cameras are directly affected by a vehicle’s wheel alignment. Your ADAS features may depend on accurate input from your steering angle sensor to work correctly. For this reason, we recommend having your ADAS recalibrated anytime the steering angle sensor is adjusted, which commonly happens during a 4 wheel alignment.

In addition to re-calibrating after a wheel alignment, your ADAS may need to be re-calibrated after a fault code, a disconnect, a change of suspension, or after a replacement windshield is installed.

Give us a call today for more information regarding wheel alignment and your ADAS system.

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Understanding the Importance of ADAS Calibration After Windshield Replacement

An Advanced Driver(s) Assistance System, or ADAS, consists of various safety features designed to work together to prevent accidents and injuries. Your ADAS must be recalibrated following a windshield replacement so that certain safety features work correctly. 

ADAS Calibration after windshield Replacement

What is ADAS, and Why Is It Important?

ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) safety features are designed to work together to enhance vehicle safety. Feedback is received from the road through windshield-mounted cameras, radars, sensors, and lasers. ADAS features will utilize this feedback and alert or assist the driver in helping them avoid potential problems and collisions. Some common ADAS features include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Adaptive Headlighting
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Collision Assist (Front and Rear)
  • Driver Drowsiness Monitoring
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Park Assist
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Traffic Sign Recognition

How Does Windshield Replacement Impact ADAS?

ADAS features rely on feedback from the road to operate. These cameras are often mounted onto a vehicle’s windshield and other areas, such as the rear and front bumpers and side mirrors. 

To install a replacement windshield, our technicians will need to remove the original, damaged windshield and then install the new replacement. In doing so, any cameras, sensors, radars, etc., that are mounted to the windshield will need to be removed from the damaged windshield and then reattached to the new windshield. This windshield replacement process will affect the accuracy of your ADAS readings, which can directly impact driver safety. Please consider the following about ADAS Calibration and Windshield Replacement.

  • If windshield-mounted cameras are not appropriately calibrated, ADAS safety features may not work as designed. The driver may receive inaccurate information. This puts the driver, their passengers, and other drivers at risk. 
  • Auto manufacturers specify which cameras need to be recalibrated after a windshield replacement. 
  • Without accurate road feedback, front-facing reliant ADAS features will not work as intended.

Imagine that you have a replacement windshield installed but do not recalibrate your ADAS after the fact. These ADAS features will still work, but they will be basing their alerts on inaccurate road feedback.  Each vehicle manufacturer lists specifications for how an ADAS needs to be synched with its internal system. Having these cameras and sensors misaligned, even if only slightly, is cause for concern.

Schedule Your Windshield Replacement with ADAS Calibration Today!

Lightning Auto Glass understands the importance of ADAS calibration after installing a replacement windshield. That is why we include a quote for ADAS calibration, in addition to your windshield replacement quote, if applicable for your vehicle. Contact us to get started today!