Mr Windscreen has taken a leading role in a new European-wide initiative to create ever higher standards for calibration of windscreen-mounted cameras used in ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).
ADAS systems are numerous and wide-ranging. From Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) to adaptive cruise control, blind spot elimination, lane keep assist and many more. Most of these features rely on a windscreen-mounted camera in order to operate. When a windscreen is replaced it is essential that the camera is calibrated in order to ensure the vehicle safety systems continue to work as intended.
Mr Windscreen was delighted to take part in the Automotive Glass Europe ADAS best practice conference recently held at the German headquarters of vehicle diagnostics specialist, Hella Guttman.
November 2017 saw the official launch of the first dedicated ADAS.ie calibration centre at Mr. Windscreen Waterford. Alan Nolan, Chief Executive of the SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry) was on hand to cut the ribbon at the facility, in front of an audience of representatives from the insurance and motor industries, as well as the Garda Siochana.
Dave Gordan of Texa delivered an informative technical demonstration of how the ADAS calibration system works, while Pim de Ridder, CEO of Automotive Glass Europe, flew in from the Netherlands to explain the direction which ADAS is taking across Europe.
Gerry Fitzgibbon, Managing Director of Mr Windscreen, emphasised the importance to road safety of an expert nationwide calibration service, carried out in a safe indoor environment.
More ADAS.ie centres will be opening during 2018, each capable of calibrating over 80% of cars and vans on the road. For further details go to ADAS.ie.
Mr Pim de Ridder (Automotive Glass Europe) addresses attendees
Dave Gordan (TEXA) demonstrates the ADAS calibration equipment
Three Wise(er) Men, having completed the ADAS event
Our newly opened training centre in Portlaoise will ensure Mr Windscreen staff are at the cutting edge of technological and other developments in the industry, through both theoretical and practical training delivered by our own and external experts.
The new 1000 sq ft workshop will facilitate training of technicians on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), polyurethane and general windscreen repair using state-of-the-art equipment. The workshop is complemented by a 12-terminal classroom in the same facility, where technical, compliance and related training will be delivered.
At Mr Windscreen we believe our longstanding, loyal staff are our unique selling point and this investment is a reflection of this belief. For you the customer, it is further reassurance that your windscreen repair or replacement is in expert hands at Mr Windscreen!
Many windscreen replacement providers are cutting back their networks of depots and instead offering a call-out service using mobile units. This is welcomed by customers, who appreciate the convenience of not having to go out of their way to get their windscreen replaced. Indeed, Mr Windscreen provides this mobile service across the country.
However, there are limitations to this service, especially in the testing weather conditions we regularly experience in Ireland. In the course of replacing a windscreen, the area around the screen must be kept free of moisture, something which cannot always be guaranteed in the case of mobile units in wet and windy conditions.
It is for this reason that Mr Windscreen is committed to maintaining its network of depots, which is the largest in the country. This ensures we can stand over our promise to provide safe windscreen replacement ‘in all weathers’.