The modern car has a windshield that is highly advanced and intuitive. The introduction of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems or ADAS has bought many advantages, including safety, convenience, and simply the joy of driving.
However, on the flip side, replacing a cracked windshield or calibrating one has become more complex and expensive. Although we realize that increased safety, as well as access to innovative technology, comes at a price, at times, it can be more than a mere nuisance.
Take a look at why windshield replacement with an ADAS is proving to be more complex and pricey than most people imagine
1. Replacement, as well as calibration, can only be done at registered car dealerships. Apart from their exclusivity, there is only a handful, and they are not available everywhere.
2. Discounted glass or service is not always quality. When it comes to ADAS windshield, the performance is directly proportional to the price.
3. Some insurance companies do not cover the replacement. On the other hand, some include the replacement but not the calibration.
4. Replacement of cracked or damaged windshield starts at $700, which is not cheap by any means — calibrating one cost around $150, which is a separate cost from the cost the windshield.
What you should know about ADAS windshield replacement
As much as 40% of automobiles in Canada have ADAS, and the numbers keep increasing. This means that the earlier you know your options, the better.
• Understand what your car insurance covers. Ideally, it should cover replacement as well as calibration.
• Discounted glass is not a good option. But so is an improper calibration as it affects performance.
• Buy your car from a dealer that has the equipment to make the calibration as well replacement. Going out of town for these purposes can be time-consuming and cost you extra.
With the advancement in automobile technology, many drivers are finding it hard to maintain the unexpected repair bills even for minor damages in the new models and upgraded old model vehicles.
Reason for the Skyrocketing Prices
According to new research by AAA in Heathrow, the advanced system installed on vehicles is costing twice the amount. Features such as a blind spot monitoring, emergency braking and lane departure warning comes with high expenditure that most vehicle owners are not yet aware of.
Minor collision can cause a financial loss especially when the damaged sensors are located behind the bumpers, windshield and door mirrors. Such repairs could cost over $3000 when professionals do not fix them.
What Vehicle Owners Should Know
It is therefore crucial for the owners to understand the technology, model, performance and cost of the technology that they are using in their vehicles to be financially prepared for maintenance if something should happen to their car.
Location and type of the sensors used in the vehicle and where to find replacement and repair cost are some variables to consider while purchasing or installing safety features in a car. Being informed about the price variable can significantly cut down the cost and duration of repair works.
For standard ADAS repair in Orlando, the price ranges are as follows:
Vehicles with front radar sensors, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking systems cost between $900to $1,300
Cars with rear radar sensors, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring systems cost around $850 to $2,050
If your vehicle supports front camera sensors along with adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, lane keeping and lane departure warning systems, the cost of repair excluding the cost of windshield replacement will range from $850 to $1900.
Rear camera sensor, side mirror or front mirror along with around-view system would cost $500 to $1,100.
Ultrasonic sensors on the rear or front of the vehicle used with parking assist systems costs between $500 to $1300.
A breakthrough in the security and safety of windshield was made by an independent test conducted in the Netherlands at BIOS-groep on May 8, 2018, by the manufacturers of the advanced nanotechnology company of C-Bond Technology.
C-Bond is a scientifically tested auto glass repair product that has been and commercially proven effective in preventing and restoring damages on the vehicle windshield. It is confirmed to have significantly improved the safety, strength and durability of window and glass film products without compromising on the performance.
The Test Process
Thoms Automotive conducted the test for 4 ½ months on 54 vehicle fleet out of which were 20 Tesla X vehicles. C-bond NanoShield was applied to each car and driven for over one million kilometres. They were checked every 14 days for any sign of damage. When the tests were concluded on September 25, 2018, it showed that not one of the windshields required any repair or replacement from any fatalities.
Before the test with C-Bond NanoShield, 54 other vehicles were initially tested. At this experiment, three windshields had to be replaced due to breakage, and it cost a considerable sum of $1800 on the team.
Thom Automotive has now received an order to treat the remaining vehicles with C-Bond NanoShield to prevent further damages on the windshield.
Successfully Tested Proof and Future Hopes
The C-Bond Sytems, Inc., has been trying to establish their reputation as a solid nanotechnology glass and windshield product provider and the success of the recent test has validated their claim on a high investment return for customers. They have lessened the cost of repair and replacement works and claim to have reduced the cost of automobile insurance for any vehicles.
With these proven tests, the proprietors of C-Bond NanoShield hope to raise the value of their products in the automobile industry from their headquarters in Houston, Texas.
ADAS is a safety and convenience application installed in modern cars that were first introduced in 2010 by car manufacturers. They feature a sophisticated system that assists drivers while driving or parking the car. There are three different levels of the autonomy hierarchy given by the Society of Automotive Engineers, depending on the features of the system, with Level 2 being the most common.
With ADAS becoming a standard in almost all modern cars, companies have now developed different types based on how they interact with the automotive anatomy of different vehicles.
The different types of ADAS that have evolved with technology are:
- Lane Keep Assistant (LKA) this system works to keep the vehicle in the right lane by notifying the driver about switching lanes without using the indicator. If the car continues to drift, it responds by automatically steering it within the lane.
- Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) this is one of the first feature offered by ADAS which alerts the driver through a vibration on the steering wheel or the driver seat when the car unintentionally drifts away from the detected lane without activating the turn signal.
- Forward Collision Alert (FCA) it is an alert system that warns the driver through visual or audio when it senses that the vehicle is at risk of collision because it is too close to another car, a walk or an obstruction.
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). The warnings are triggered when it senses an impending collision so that the driver can take necessary measures and the system will automatically apply brakes to avoid it.
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) the system allows you to keep a continuous pace and at a safe distance from the vehicles in front and behind by adapting to the car speed.
This system work by relying on a camera attached to the windshield. The precision of installing the camera on the windshield plays a vital role in predicting the accuracy and efficiency of the ADAS, so it is significant that professionals correctly secure the windscreen.
There are two ways of installing and calibrating ADAS windshield cameras. Depending on the make or model, you may need a dynamic, static or a combination of both calibration and they require specialised tools and under a controlled environment.
The ADAS certified technicians at Wind Auto Glass have all the electronic devices required for precise installation. We make sure that it is in perfect condition by testing it under different weather conditions. We strictly follow each instruction for the calibration while keeping the integrity of the car and at reasonable rates to offer you the best services and ensure the safety of the vehicle.
For any information or consultation regarding your windshield and installing the ADAS, feel free to drop in at our garage.