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Calibrating your vehicle's safety camera

At Autoglass® keeping our customers safe on the road is our top priority.

Cars are constantly evolving and more and more safety features are now being integrated onto their windscreens. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, collectively describe the advanced features now incorporated into many modern vehicles.

They include simple applications such as rear view cameras to aid parking, more complicated systems that evaluate the vehicle's surroundings and warn the driver of hazards (for example Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems) and more advanced systems that actually take some control of the vehicle, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

Your vehicle might also have:

  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC)
  • Adaptive head lights
  • Adaptive light control
  • Automatic braking system (ABS)
  • Automatic parking
  • Blind spot monitors
  • Pedestrian monitors
  • Proximity monitors
  • Driver drowsiness detection
  • Collision avoidance system
  • Forward collision warning

Why is calibration required?

These systems typically operate through a combination of sensors and cameras.

Vehicle manufacturers recommend that after a windscreen replacement the system is calibrated to ensure that when the vehicle is back on the road the ADAS safety feature is operating correctly.

If the camera is misaligned then this could have a significant impact on the functionality of the system, particularly at speed. Small unexpected changes in the angle of the camera can mean the difference between a vehicle avoiding a crash or not.

There are two types of calibration:

Mobile calibration, which involves driving the vehicle with a hand held calibration device plugged into it. Often your vehicle’s manufacturer will prescribe the types of roads that must be used, or distance and speed travelled, to allow the system to confirm it has viewed and recognised certain road features. 

Fixed calibration, which takes place in a workshop environment with a levelled floor. Calibration is completed using specialist equipment which needs to be set up with absolute precision to ensure success.

Your calibration appointment

If your vehicle is fitted with a safety technology that requires a calibration, we'll inform you when you make your appointment.  One of our expert technicians will then perform the calibration during your appointment.

Vehicle manufacturers also advise that an ADAS calibration should be performed after:

  • The camera has been disconnected
  • The camera has been partially removed
  • The camera has developed a fault
  • A wheel alignment
  • A geometry change

Call us on 0333 999 0100 to arrange a convenient camera calibration appointment.

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