With features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and other ADAS technology becoming increasingly commonplace on newer passenger cars, workshops are rapidly having to adapt and ensure that they have the knowledge and equipment necessary to service ADAS-equipped vehicles.
The cameras and radar sensors used by these complex systems require calibration after windscreen or door mirror replacement, as well as a number of other relatively minor workshop procedures, such as axle geometry or wheel alignment. Failure to calibrate the ADAS cameras or sensors can lead to inaccurate information being fed back to the system’s computer, causing these vital safety features to operate incorrectly.
With many ADAS-equipped vehicles having the cameras and sensors mounted behind the vehicle’s windscreen, glass replacement companies are recognising that without the right equipment they risk losing an increasing amount of business as this technology becomes more widespread.
Autoglass®, National Windscreens and Nationwide Windscreen Services have all recently invested in the CSC-Tool from HELLA GUTMANN SOLUTIONS. The only truly universal, or ‘multi-brand’ tool, currently available to workshops, compatible with models from 10 vehicle manufacturers, the CSC-Tool offers remarkable value.
With an investment of more than £1 million, National Windscreens has committed to equip each of its national network of 108 fitting centres with the CSC-Tool and will provide motorists with a calibration-only service in addition to calibration after glass replacement.
Technical Manager for National Windscreens, Tim Camm, recently commented: “ADAS is developing very quickly…we are now seeing it trickle down to practically all makes and model of vehicle. It is anticipated that by 2020 more than 40% of new vehicles will have at least two types of driver assistance system.”
“Equipping centres with ADAS calibration tools and training staff in how to correctly use the new technology is a costly exercise, but our research indicates that use of ADAS is only going to increase. Accordingly we have taken the decision to implement a national programme of investment in equipment and training in anticipation of the growing demand for quality calibration” said Camm.
Likewise Autoglass® is also well into the process of installing CSC-Tools across its business. Managing Director Taxiarchis Konstantopoulos, recently said: “We are thrilled to announce our ADAS calibration technology which addresses the current gap in the vehicle glass repair and replacement industry here in the UK…Our commitment is to continue investing in our people by equipping our technicians with the latest training and best-in-class tools and techniques to ensure they are best placed to deliver this solution to our customers.”