RUN Your Fleet has welcomed the launch of National Windscreens’ UK-wide camera calibration service for windscreen-mounted cameras, a critical part of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
With the growing move from car manufactures to include more and more driver assist autonomous safety features, the windscreen has now become an important area for driver safety.
Recognising this, National Windscreens has invested £1 million in a programme designed to meet the growing demand for camera and sensor calibration (CSC) for ADAS and the national service follows initial evaluation and roll-out in key regions.
A preferred supplier for Run Your Fleet’s glass repair and replacement service, National Windscreens, through its UK network of fitting centres, is now ready to roll out its ADAS calibration service, a first in the UK.
Run Your Fleet’s managing director Steve Whitmarsh said: “It is great that we are able to partner with a company that holds driver and road safety at the forefront of its mind as it responds to industry change,” said
“Our customers and the safety of their fleets are of paramount importance to us, and to be able to offer them the experience, and expertise that National Windscreens has in this cutting edge technology, is of tremendous value.”
Tim Camm, National Windscreens’ technical manager, said: “The positioning of these cameras means that if windscreens need replacing these cameras will also need calibration to ensure the safety systems continue to work as intended.”
“We have invested £1 million in the equipment and training needed for this calibration at our 108 fitting centres. Our customers can rely on the fact that we are using the leading calibration technology available providing the widest possible coverage of all vehicle makes and models.”
Incorrect calibration of these cameras could have obvious safety implications for the driver, pedestrian and road users as inaccurate alerts could be delivered. Some cameras can be calibrated by driving the vehicle, dynamic calibration, but the majority of cameras require static calibration in workshop conditions to ensure accuracy.
“Our figures show that at the moment, approximately 75% of all camera sensors should be calibrated under workshop conditions rather than dynamic calibration for accuracy reasons,” said Camm.
The expected growth in these requirements across new vehicles has been highlighted in National Windscreen’s research with Thatcham. It is anticipated that by 2020 more than 40% of new vehicles will have at least two types of driver assistance systems.
It is National Windscreens network of nationwide fitting centres, 800 mobile technicians, and the extensive investment and training in the latest advances in ADAS windscreen technology, that make the company a perfect partner for Run Your Fleet’s customers and managed fleet of nearly 20,000 vehicles.
A pre-booking facility will be available at National Windscreens outlets in line with the company’s strategy to make life easier for its customers with a single point of service for both replacement glass and calibration. A calibration only service is also available by appointment.