What is Windshield Calibration and When Do You Need One?

Most newer model vehicles have made the switch from autonomous driving to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to provide a better driving experience and increased vehicle safety. ADAS systems can alert drivers of vehicle hazards as well as take control of the vehicle if necessary. An example of this is applying emergency brakes if the vehicle is at or above a certain speed with an object in close proximity to avoid a collision. Due to these systems, replacing the windshield on a vehicle is more complex and the new windshield will need to be calibrated properly to ensure these systems work.

What is ADAS Windshield Calibration?

Windshield calibration is the process of adjusting the parameters of a camera lens in order to ensure a complete image of the vehicle, road, and surroundings. Once the windshield is replaced, the following recalibrations will happen.

  • Static Recalibration – A target will be mounted in front of the vehicle to assist with the calibration and takes an average of 45-minutes.
  • Dynamic Recalibration – The vehicle is driven on a road at a specific speed to recalibrate the systems and typically takes an average of 30-minutes to one hour.

During the calibration process, the camera is essentially retrained to know when to activate automated safety measures.

Is ADAS Calibration Necessary?

Without ADAS calibration, the system won’t run properly, which can jeopardize the functionality and can lead to dangerous driving.

What Does a Misaligned ADAS System Affect?

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive high beam
  • Adaptive light control
  • Automatic parking
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Collision avoidance system
  • Driver monitoring system
  • Emergency driver assistant
  • Hill descent control
  • Lane change assistant
  • And more!

To schedule your windshield calibration with our team at Carolina Windshield Centers, contact our team today at (800) 900-1505.