What Is A Windshield Recalibration?

Windshield recalibration refers to the process of adjusting the parameters of a camera lens to capture a complete image of the vehicle and road in order to guarantee that in-car ADAS systems are receiving accurate and reliable information.

Modern vehicles are moving from autonomous driving to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) which is more efficient in ensuring vehicle safety and better driving. The ADAS system can alert you about potential problems on the road.

Cars are getting smarter and the camera in the windshield or windows measures a lot these days. Some of the things that the ADAS sensors and cameras on cars can detect are:

  • Video Image Processing
  • Infrared Vision
  • Ultrasonic Detectors
  • Microwave Radars
  • Passive Acoustic Detectors
  • Photoelectric Sensors

Generally, ADAS systems work through a camera that is fitted to the center of the windshield, and the camera relays important information about the conditions of the road ahead to the ADAS. The system will then know when to activate automated safety measures. The camera monitors blind spots, pedestrians and proximity to other objects, so it is important that it is calibrated to offer the best possible surveillance of the vehicle and road.

In case of a misaligned camera, the functionality of the system could be jeopardized, leading to dangerous driving or accidents. Safety is the purpose of windshield recalibration.

If your car is fitted with the ADAS system, you need to have it recalibrated from time-to-time. There may be a chance that your camera view has been slightly altered. Such situations are include:

  • After a windshield replacement
  • When the dashboard shows a fault code
  • When the camera has been disconnected
  • If there is a change of suspension
  • If there is a change of wheel alignment

When your windshield is replaced, it is the duty of the company doing the work to recalibrate the system. Windshield recalibration is important for keeping the roads safe.