Not since the 1950s, has the automotive glass industry seen so many rapid developments to both automotive glass and its role in a vehicle’s safety system. The advancements in “Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)” will continue to accelerate as new safety technologies are created. Safety devices will be embedded, attached, or displayed onto the glass or side mirror and will aid in providing more safety advancements or options for the driver.
What is considered Advanced Technology Glass/Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)?
Automotive companies advertise them using a variety of names: (Non-exhaustive list as of 6/4/15)
Lane Departure Warning, Wake-You-Up Safety- Radar(s) sense an approaching (rear or side) vehicle’s distance and speed and warns of potential danger.
Blind Assist-Blind-spot detection, Side Assist, Collision Warning-Radar sensors alert drivers to cars in their blind spot.
Head Up Display-Speed, tachometer, etc., may be displayed on the glass just below the driver’s field of vision.
Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, “Distronic”-Radars help control the car’s speed to keep the car a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Emergency Brake Assist, Dynamic Brake Control-Braking system works with cruise control monitoring systems and alert the driver to potential collision dangers.
Night Vision Assist-Thermal imaging cameras to help drivers “see” further down the road.
What are some of the different names vehicle manufacturer’s use to refer to Advanced Glass?
Mazda “Technology Package”
Infiniti “Safety Shield”
Acura “Safety and Security”
Audi “pre sense”
Nissan “Safety Shield Concept”
Volkswagen “Pre Sense Driver Assistance”
What if my advanced glass is damaged, cracked or the tempered glass in the rear or sunroof is shattered?
Advanced technology glass or mirrors have radar sensors attached to the glass and cameras mounted in the rearview mirror area or side mirrors. It is critical to ensure the systems are working properly after a windshield glass or side mirror replacement. Ace Auto Glass will alert your manufacturer’s service department that your windshield has been replaced and requires calibration of the camera.
Why is it important to recalibrate a camera after the windshield or side mirror is replaced?
The slightest movement of the camera by 1 mm. may/will require the recalibration of the camera so Advanced Driver Assist Systems work properly.
Can I go anywhere to fix my Advanced Glass?
Ace Auto Glass Certified Technicians are trained in the proper replacement of Advanced Glass windshields and side mirrors. Ace Auto Glass’ Customer Service Representatives will alert your manufacturer’s service department that your windshield has been replaced and requires mandatory calibration of the camera.
Why is it important to follow strict safety standards when replacing windshield glass?
Windshields play a critical role in a vehicle’s safety support systems, an improper windshield installation may severely compromise this system.
Airbags may not deploy properly and passenger’s safety will be compromised. The front passenger airbag may use the windshield as a back stop. An improper windshield installation may compromise the airbag’s effectiveness should the glass become loose in a crash.
Should the windshield come loose in a crash, this can significantly weaken the vehicle’s frame and its ability to protect passengers from injury.
If the seal between the glass and the vehicle is not watertight or prepared correctly, the metal could rust. Rust may weaken the vehicle’s frame, leaving the windshield improperly supported. A weakened frame may allow the windshield to become loose in the event of an accident.
Further recommendations for safe windshield replacement:
Garage installation in a clean and controlled environment is recommended. Proper bonding requires that the glass and bonding surface be properly cleaned of all contaminants. The linking process between the metal, primer, paint, glass primer, urethane, urethane primer, glass cleaner, must all be secure.
Ace Auto Glass Technicians are up to date on all of the latest requirements of replacing glass and ADAS glasses. For more information please contact the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC), by calling 540-720-7484, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are rain sensors considered advanced technology auto glass and do they need special attention?
Yes, to work properly, rain sensors may require a special gel that helps the sensor pick up the reflection of water on the glass.
If advanced technology auto glass windshield has a chip or nick, can it be repaired instead of having the entire windshield replaced?
If the chip or crack is in the direct field of vision of the advanced system camera and/or the driver’s direct view, then the windshield must be replaced. If the glass is not replaced, the chip will cause distortion and the safety system will not work properly.
For more information, please contact Ace Auto Glass at one of our 9 locations.THE CONTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH YOUR VEHICLE MANUFACTURE ON ALL MATTERS CONCERNING ADAS.