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Driver safety system windshield camera recalibration services

Is there a camera mounted on or near your windshield? The front-facing cameras are part of your vehicle’s advanced driver assistance safety system (ADAS) and are designed to protect you and your vehicle on the road.

When damage occurs and you need a windshield replacement, ALL auto manufacturers specify that these camera systems need to be recalibrated.

How do you know if a vehicle is equipped with ADAS features?

Some of the most common ADAS functions are Lane Assist, Lane Departure, Forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.  Lane assist usually will have a button to disable on the dash. You will also see the symbols light up when the key is turned to the “ON” position.  If you see any of the symbols on this page in conjunction with a camera on the windshield or headliner, this vehicle is equipped with ADAS and it will for sure need a recalibration if the windshield is removed or replaced.  Currently, ALL auto manufacturers require a recalibration if the windshield is removed or replaced and each one has issued a position statement saying as much. We have provided a position statement from all major manufacturers in order for you to easily show to an insurance adjuster if they question the recalibration.

In addition, many manufacturers recommend a recalibration for the following scenarios.

  1. Changes in tire size outside the recommended tire size for the vehicle
  2. After an alignment is performed
  3. If the vehicle is involved in a minor or major collision
  4. If the front air bags deploy

For the camera and the safety system to continue to work properly, Our trained and certified technicians will complete the windshield replacement and safety system recalibration in one single appointment.  We will not replace a windshield that requires a calibration unless we are performing the calibration. There is just too much liability to trust any other company except Glass Dawg’s certified technicians.

These systems protect drivers through a range of capabilities, creating a circular safety net around the vehicle to help reduce the risk of collisions. The front-facing cameras enable these advanced safety systems to aid and warn drivers on the road.

There are two types of windshield camera recalibration, Static and Dynamic.

The two types of calibration are determined by the manufacturer and there are only three options that each manufacturer may give.  Some recalibrations require Dynamic, some require static, and some require both Static and Dynamic. Glass Dawg receives the specifications directly from each manufacturer to ensure proper recalibration every time.

Due to the importance of your vehicle’s advanced safety system, you need a trusted expert with the capability of recalibration to ensure these camera enabled safety systems are operating at their optimal level.  This technology is so new and quickly evolving that even the dealerships generally only have 1 certified technician per region at this point.

Glass Dawg will alert you if the vehicle needs recalibration services after a replacement.

Glass Dawg provides both windshield replacement as well as a full recalibration facility but we do not require that we are the company that replaces your windshield AND performs the recalibration.  We are San Antonio’s only company for all manufacturer recalibrations and we will calibrate your windshield even if we didn’t replace your glass.

The Number of ADAS Vehicles Growing Quickly

We are certified professionals that know how to do any windshield or auto glass repair or replacement job right and safely. We adhere to the highest industry standards while providing our windshield repair and replacement services. What’s more, our services are backed by warranties. That means we are confident in our ability to deliver excellent results in everything we do.

At Glass Dawg quality services and customer satisfaction are our priorities. We strive to complete every job in the same day a client enlists our service. However, we never comprise quality just to complete a job efficiently. And, regardless of how demanding your windshield job is, we will deliver superior results.

It can Impact a Shop’s Liability

An uncalibrated ADAS vehicle can be dangerous on the road. This is especially true when a driver is unaware that their system is uncalibrated. An ADAS system that is not working properly can dramatically increase the chances of an accident and if one occurs, the shop who replaced the windshield can be held liable. If you are not performing calibrations, you need to make sure you are notifying every customer that is getting windscreen replaced with ADAS of the need for calibration.

ADAS Calibration is Making Replacements More Expensive

Windscreen Calibration takes more time and requires expensive tools

Calibrating a windshield with driver assistance features takes extra time as well as specialized tools and knowledge. It’s not something that can be expected to be thrown into the job for free, and the current going rate camera calibration is somewhere between an extra $300 – $400 per install. Given the complexity of correct calibration, the time it takes, and the equipment needed, those numbers aren’t dropping anytime soon.

Some Manufacturers require OEM Glass for ADAS

Right now, aftermarket glass dominates the auto glass industry since consumers and insurers almost always value price over quality. That could change with the increased need for ADAS calibration. Many auto glass installation experts firmly believe that you should only use OEM glass when replacing a windshield on a car with an ADAS system.  Windshields are no longer just a windshield, they are designed to act as a major structural component of your vehicle.

Some vehicle manufacturers are already taking this one step further. Subaru now requires that OEM glass is used for windshield replacements on models that are equipped with the EyeSight Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). Mercedes-Benz suggests only using their glass when replacing a windshield on their vehicles. As manufacturers push harder for shops to use only OEM glass when replacing windshields on their vehicles, more customers and insurers will move away from aftermarket glass and back towards OEM.