Calibration …. It’s a question of security!
If your vehicle is relatively new, there are many chances that it is equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Not only do these systems make driving easier, they also greatly reduce the risk of accidents by alerting you to impending dangers.
These systems work in part thanks to a camera mounted to the windshield, the slightest change in the angle of the camera can affect the accuracy of images and markings, this, may compromise the safety of the driver and his passengers. For this reason, it is crucial to recalibrate the camera after a windshield replacement.
This is to ensure that the camera is properly aligned and functioning properly. Calibration brings the systems back to its initial settings.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems or ADAS
Your windshield may only look like a piece of glass that protects you from road debris, however it is much more than that, its role is becoming increasingly important in new automotive technologies. In today’s world, an increasing number of vehicles are equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Here are the systems most commonly used by vehicle manufacturers:
LKA : Lane Keep Assist
This system is intended to keep the vehicle in the center of its lane and notifies the driver if it inadvertently departs or changes lanes without indication. The system will initiate a corrective steering response to bring the vehicle back within its lines.
LDW : Lane Departure Warning System
This system is designed to alert the driver when the vehicle unintentionally leaves a detected lane and the turn signal has not been activated. The warning is manifested by a vibration.
FCA : Forward Collision Alert
The FCA is an alert system that informs the driver (visual and / or audible) that the distance of the vehicle ahead is too short and that there is a risk of collision.
CMBS : Collision Mitigation Breaking System
This system offers the same functions as the collision alert. It triggers a visual and / or audible warning enabling the driver to take the necessary measures. In the event that the system detects an impending collision, the vehicle will automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision.
ACC : Adaptive Cruise Control
By releasing the driver from the obligation to keep their foot on the accelerator pedal, the adaptive cruise control also makes it possible to adapt the speed in order to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of it.
Types of calibrations
There are 2 types of calibration procedures and they can vary from one vehicle to another. The vehicle may require a static and / or dynamic calibration. This type of work requires specialized tools and ADAS certified technicians.
Static calibration is done in-store and in a controlled environment. Our certified technicians recalibrate the camera, among other things, using electronic devices, a laser and targets to obtain absolute precision, while respecting the predetermined standards of the car manufacturers.
Dynamic calibration works with a portable electronic device directly plugged into the vehicle's OBD II port. Calibration is performed according to the manufacturer's instructions such as driving at specific steady speed, specified distance and favorable weather conditions.
What is the cost associated to having my camera calibrated?
Todays windshield replacements use the most sophisticated and advanced technology on the market. Our technicians have the necessary expertise and the best equipment to ensure your safety.
The cost of calibration may vary depending on the type of calibration required. Most insurers* cover the cost of calibration if you are insured for broken glass. Contact your local UniglassPlus/Ziebart store and they will be able to inform you if your vehicle requires the camera to be recalibrated.
Do not forget that these systems are set up to ensure your safety. That is why it is important to entrust the work to a certified specialist. Our technicians have the necessary expertise and the best equipment to ensure your safety.
* May vary by provincial law and your insurance policy.