If you’re looking for the very best automotive windshield recalibration services in Utah, you’ve come to the right place. The team at Glasshopper Auto Glass has been offering these services to clients for years, ensuring that drivers stay safe on the road.
Whether your advanced safety glass has been damaged by some kind of impact, or your car was involved in an accident, we can help.
What Is ADAS
Advanced Driver‐Assistance Systems (ADAS), are electronic systems that aid a vehicle driver while driving. When designed with a safe human‐machine interface, they are intended to increase car safety and, more generally, road safety. Most road accidents occur due to human error and ADAS helps alert drivers to possible errors and, in some cases, makes corrections for them.
There are two types of ADAS that vehicles may have:
- Active control (which takes control of vehicle) ‐ Examples are Adaptive Cruise Control, Advanced/Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems (AEB), Lane Departure Warning/Lane Keep Assist (LDW/LKA) and Automatic Parking.
- Passive control (which provide information) ‐ Vehicles with no active ADAS systems embedded are referred to as Level 0 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Examples are Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Pedestrian Recognition, Blind Spot Warning, Cross Traffic Alert, Night Vision and Traffic Sign Recognition to name a few. They alert the driver with lights, chimes or sounds.
Why Windshield Recalibration is Needed
Many of today’s newer vehicles come outfitted with a camera that’s connected to the windshield, serving as part of driver assistance programs and safety systems. These systems are calibrated at the factory, but if your windshield is damaged or replaced, the new glass can throw off the calibration of the camera.
If the camera for your windshield is not calibrated properly, it can cause the car to make unsafe movements, or even fail to detect obstacles and pedestrians. That’s why recalibration is so important – it ensures that your safety features are working as they should.
Types of Windshield Recalibration
There are three types of calibration:
Dynamic: Performed using a specialized scan tool to calibrate on a road test to align the camera while driving the vehicle in the lane over specific time and speed to calibrate to the widest view of the camera.
Static: Performed using specific targets and a specialized scan tool to align the camera at a specific distance, height and width from the vehicle.
Static/Dynamic Combination: There are many vehicles which will require both static and dynamic calibration performed in sequence. Some examples of ADAS related features of a vehicle are:
- Adaptive cruise control – Can maintain a chosen velocity and distance between a vehicle and the vehicle ahead.
- Anti‐lock braking systems – Restores traction to a car’s tires by regulating the brake pressure when the vehicle begins to skid.
- Automatic parking – Takes over control of parking functions, including steering, braking, and acceleration.
- Backup cameras – Offers driver’s aid when backing up by providing a viewpoint that typically is a blind spot in many traditional cars.
- Blind spot monitors – Involves cameras that monitor the driver’s blind spots and notify the driver if any obstacles come close to the vehicle. They typically work in conjunction with emergency braking systems.
- Collision avoidance system – Uses small radar detectors to determine the car’s vicinity to nearby obstacles and notifies the driver of potential collisions. Radar uses radio waves to determine inputs such as range, angle, and velocity of objects.
- Cruise control – Can maintain a specific speed pre‐determined by the driver.
- Driver drowsiness detection – Designed to prevent collisions due to driver fatigue. The vehicle obtains information, such as facial patterns, steering movement, driving habits, turn signal use, and diving velocity, to determine if the driver’s activities correspond with drowsy driving. If drowsy driving is suspected, the vehicle typically will sound an alert and/or may vibrate the driver’s seat.
- Forward Collision Warning – Monitors the speed of the vehicle and the vehicle in front of it. It sends an alert to the driver of a possible impending collision if gets too close to the vehicle in front of it.
- Intelligent speed adaptation or intelligent speed advice (ISA) – Assists drivers with compliance to the speed limit. Some ISA systems allow the vehicle to adjust its speed to adhere to the relative speed limit, while other systems only provide a notification to the driver.
- Lane departure warning system – Alerts the driver when they partially merge into a lane without using their turn signals in case they unintentionally begin to drift. This system does not take control of the vehicle to help sway the car back into the safety zone but instead sends an audio or visual alert to the driver. (Note: After a windshield installation, an improperly calibrated camera may adversely affect the accuracy of this system.)
Our Quality Staff
No matter which form of windshield recalibration you require, you’ll receive it from an expert in the industry. We’re proud to service all makes and models of vehicles. We’re fully licensed and insured, and we use only the highest quality parts and materials in our repairs.
For more on our automotive windshield recalibration services, or to learn about any of our other auto glass and related solutions, speak to the pros at Glasshopper Auto Glass today. We can’t wait to hear from you!