AGSC Committees, Board Meet, ADAS at Forefront
The board of directors of the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC), along with its committees, met Jan. 11-12 for its winter meetings. Among the committees gathered were the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) and Repair of Laminated Auto Glass 2
(ROLAGS 2) as well as the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which was celebrating a milestone.
“We got some pretty serious ADAS verbiage put in the standard,” ADAS committee chair Jacques Navant said.
AGRSS Standards Committee chairperson Bob Beranek said the next iteration of the ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS Standard, 005-2022, will be complete this year. Most new information in the next iteration of the current Standard, Beranek said, is ADAS-related. “I think we did a good job,” Beranek said.
“Just remember our Standard is a living document, which is always being reviewed,” Beranek said. A living document can be adjusted and added to.
The ADAS Committee also discussed the tools used in recalibration. “The after-market tools are very popular, they’re obtainable,” Navant said. Beranek said customers must be informed when they have a windshield replaced that calibration is also necessary.
Education is AGSC’s “moral responsibility to provide,” Navant said. The education of customer service representatives is also important.
The committee also discussed consideration of an AGSC checklist for calibration requirements. “I think if you’re in the industry—you already know what the requirements are,” committee member Mitch Becker of Protech Auto Solutions said.
Committee member Jon Laski with City Auto Glass said he liked the idea of a checklist for calibration requirements, another living document that could be updated as requirements evolve and change. Becker adds that requirements sometimes vary on the East Coast and West Coast of the U.S.
Ford Develops Job Aids for ADAS with Glass and Without
Ford has developed two new job aids for vehicles with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
The job aids are intended to assist in ADAS repairs of Ford and Lincoln models.
The Ford Publication On Target states that information about the new job aids is intended as a reference only. Auto glass technicians are reminded that when servicing or calibrating ADAS components, detailed procedures are available in the Ford Workshop Manual, and accessible on Motorcraftservice.com or the Ford Professional Technician Safety website.
The new job aids for vehicles with ADAS, with and without glass, provide component description and location and the required steps for each ADAS. The troubleshooting guides “identify specific ADAS components, all associated abbreviations and descriptions of how the systems operate, while the glass version further illustrates where ADAS components are in relation to the windshield or other fixed glass, such as the head-up display module, which is located on top of the instrument panel on the driver’s side at the base of the windshield.”
ADAS components may require additional calibration steps or programming after removal, replacement or service.
“Concerning the electrified fleet of Ford vehicles, we wanted to make sure repairers familiarize themselves with the unique repair characteristics of these vehicles, as well as the specialized tools, equipment, materials and precautions needed to repair them accurately and safely,” says Ford customer service division U.S. collision manager Chris Wallace in On Target. “These job aids allow us to provide the critical information our technicians need upfront, before they even need it, though the job aids do not replace Ford OE repair procedures.”
How AR Transforms the Windshield
What if all the information you need while driving was no longer displayed on a dashboard, but projected directly onto your windshield? This kind of augmented reality display already exists for motorcyclists. Now French startup EyeLights wants to adapt its technology to cars. In collaboration with the glass manufacturer AGC, a demonstration aimed at wooing carmakers from around the world was held at CES 2022.
This technology would show drivers all the information they need in the form of an augmented reality display directly on the car windshield. This includes the car’s current speed, as well as navigation data and route guidance, safety distances and the detection of cyclists or slow vehicles.
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