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Vehicle Directs Man into Oncoming Traffic After ADAS Camera Was Not Calibrated

According to CBC news, Mike Ash’s 2016 Acura MDX equipped with advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) tried to steer him into the next lane and oncoming traffic after he had the windshield replaced.

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BodyShop Business has been publishing articles for several years now on the importance of scanning and recalibration when it comes to a vehicle’s high-tech safety systems. A recent real-life incident that occurred to a Canadian motorist illustrates why this is important.

According to a recent report by CBC news, Mike Ash’s 2016 Acura MDX equipped with advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) tried to steer him into the next lane and oncoming traffic after he had the windshield replaced.

ADAS technology is designed to keep cars in their lanes and prevent them from getting too close to other vehicles. It’s estimated that one in four cars in North America will have the technology by 2020.

The ADAS in Ash’s vehicle uses several sensors, including a camera attached to the windshield where the interior rearview mirror is attached.

Ash said while he knew the camera was there, he didn’t understand that after a windshield replacement, the camera should be recalibrated in order to help avoid collisions. In addition, he was not alerted of the potential safety hazard by the technician, other than being told he should have the camera checked the next time he visited his dealership, according to the CBC article.

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A Honda spokesperson told CBC in an email that the company recommends that windshields be replaced with genuine Acura windshields. The spokesperson warned that making even minor repairs within the camera’s field of vision could cause the system to operate abnormally.

For more information, read Mitch Becker’s article, “ADAS and Auto Glass: What Shops Need to Know Before Releasing a Vehicle.”

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