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Code of practice launched for repairing smart windscreens

Date: 03 August 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Vehicle safety expert Thatcham Research has launched a code of practice to provide guidance on the recalibration of car safety technology during the replacement of windscreens.

The code has been drawn up by a consortium known as the ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) Repair Group, which includes National Windscreens, Autoglass and Nationwide Crash Repair Centres, seeking to address concerns around the level of industry knowledge relating to the recalibration and fitment of ADAS technology.

Guidance is also being provided for replacing or refitting windscreens on vehicles which have the sensors to ensure the safety of the vehicle is not compromised.

ADAS sensors are generally fitted inside the windscreen and provide a view of the vehicle's surroundings to allow safety features, such as autonomous emergency braking, to work.

"ADAS systems have become an integral feature on cars, with motorists increasingly putting their trust in the additional layer of safety that this technology provides. It's therefore of vital importance that drivers can retain that confidence following any sort of repair," said Andrew Miller, chief technology officer at Thatcham Research. "This voluntary code of practice now provides the added assurance of a best-practice approach, to make certain that the car is returned to its owner with exactly the same level of safety protection as when it came in for repair and where for whatever reason that's not possible, that the customer is provided with guidance on what they need to do to have the systems recalibrated".