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Advanced Windshield Technologies FAQs

Advanced Windshield Technologies FAQs


What is ADAS?

Offered as an option when purchasing a new vehicle, the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) consists of safety components such as Lane Departure Warning, Front Collision Warning, and Blind Spot Detection. Most auto manufacturers are now offering these features in a package bundle. All existing self-driving cars are equipped with these safety features and more.

What is a LDWS?

A Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) is a vehicle option designed to warn the driver to get back in their lane if the car is about to go over the line or if they try to make a lane change WITHOUT a turn signal. Also called LKA (Lane-Keeping Assist), this system operates via a camera mounted on top of your windshield. The camera is located behind the rearview mirror and is covered with a plastic enclosure. To alert the driver to take a corrective action, this built-in safety component system provides an audible warning sound (beep) or causes the steering wheel to vibrate. If your vehicle has this feature, please refer to the owner’s manual for more information.

What is Forward Collision Warning?

Similar to a LWDS, a Forward Collision Warning System helps prevent accidents by sounding an alarm or vibrating the steering wheel, causing a quick brake pulse. This excellent safety feature can save lives by warning you if your vehicle gets too close to an object, such as the car in front of you and or crossing pedestrians.

What is Blind Spot Detection?

Blind Spot Detection is a subcomponent of a LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System). While in a driving mode, it detects objects in a blind spot like other vehicles located on the driver’s side and rear side. In addition, it sounds an alarm if you are getting too close to your gate/garage door or if there are stationary objects not visible behind your vehicle. This is also a great feature that can save lives and prevent damage to your car.

What is Blind Spot Warning?

Blind Spot Warning is the same as Blind Spot Detection. Auto manufacturers use both terms interchangeably.

What is a Heads-Up Display?

A Heads-Up Display is a digital transparent display that is projected onto your windshield with the same information located on your dashboard such as Speedometer, Navigation, Tachometers, etc. It helps drivers maintain focus on driving without having to look away from the road.

What is Night Vision?

It’s an infrared camera mounted on the windshield that detects objects further ahead than your headlights can reach and displays the images on your dashboard or a section of your windshield.

Will my built-in safety features (ADAS) work after I replace my windshield?

Yes and no. The first generation ADAS may require a recalibration at the dealership. Today, most cars built with these safety features can self-calibrate. Please consult the owner’s manual for instructions.

If I go through my insurance, will they cover the calibration fees?

Yes, your insurance should cover 100% of the calibration fees. If you go through your insurance for your windshield replacement, we can arrange that for you.

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