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ADAS Calibrations need perfect light, perfect floors and space.


Not to mention the OEM factory instruction set for every make and model. 

Static Calibrations are completed in a controlled environment, almost lab conditions.


Accuracy to within + or - 5 mm is required for target placement.

Shop Certification from Opti-Aim


Proper training from the right people with the right tech support!

Autoglass Services offers both glass installation and calibrations.

As a commitment to our customers we at Autoglass Services are certified in both glass installations and ADAS calibration.  We do not subcontract our specialized services. All work is done in house. 

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems



ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance System. It is a rapidly growing new technology that includes systems to help the driver in the driving process. When designed with a safe human-machine interface they should increase car safety & more generally, road safety.

  • a. Lane Keep Assist
  • b. Lane Departure Warning
  • c. Forward Collision Alert
  • d. Blind Spot Monitoring
  • e. Park Assist
  • f. Adaptive Cruise Control
  • g. Adaptive Headlights
  • h. Forward Collision Mitigation / Smart City Brake

What Impact is ADAS Having on the Autoglass Industry?



It is forecasted that the number of replacements with windshield-mounted sensors will increase to 3,000,000+ by 2020

As of September 2015, 10 auto manufacturers committed to making Automatic Emergency Breaking a standard feature on all cars. These manufacturers accounted for ~57% of US auto sales in 2014

As of December 2015, NHTSA is adding ADAS to their New Car Assessment Program (5-Star Safety Rating) & vehicles must have ADAS to receive a 5-Star rating.

Calibration of ADAS and how does it apply to my BMW?



Calibration is the process of returning a vehicle’s ADAS to OEM specifications

Calibration is necessary after a new glass installation, particularly a windshield with a camera mounted to it, to ensure that the ADAS features continue to function properly despite having been moved during installation.

 If a car’s ADAS is not properly calibrated, the system may not function safely

If the cameras/radars/lasers on the vehicle are off by even a few millimeters they may not give accurate readings and the system may not function properly, leaving the installer with potential liability.

Calibration as a choice?



If a consumer chooses not to have you calibrate their vehicle after an installation, remind them that their ADAS features may not function properly without the calibration and encourage them to reconsider having it done by you, or at least by their dealer

You may choose to ask any consumer who does not want the calibration sign a statement acknowledging their decision & that they understand the potential risks involved in not having their vehicle calibrated.

Do Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems work?


Cars with Autonomous Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning (both parts of a collision avoidance system) saw a 44% reduction in rear-endings resulting in injury. 

 Vehicles equipped with a lane departure warning system saw, "a 33% reduction in near-crash events related to lane change and a 19% reduction in those related to road departure." 

 While they may be distracting, these systems - when employed by car manufacturers properly - could be far more beneficial than not. 

Specialization, Diagnostics, Tools, & Parts


 When searching for the right repair shop for your BMW, you will want to bring your car to a mechanic that has BMW specific training and access to specialized BMW diagnostic computers, tools, and parts. Although many general repair shops will work on your BMW, in the long run, it is best to take your car to a specialist that has made a career working on high-end German automobiles. 

 BMW specialists also have access to genuine BMW or OEM parts. You want to make sure the parts on your BMW are being replaced with high-quality, authorized parts designed specifically for your car. A general repair shop may not be able to access these parts quickly. 

Calibration by Opti-Aim


Self-driving vehicles

Level Zero: No Automation

You drive it. Acceleration, braking and steering are all controlled by a human driver at all times, even if they're assisted by warning tones or safety intervention systems. If your car has automated emergency braking, for example, it can still be viewed as level zero. 

Level One: Driver Assistance

  Hands on the wheel. In certain driving modes, the car can either take control of the steering wheel or the pedals. The best examples of level one automation are adaptive cruise control and park assist. The computer is never in control of both steering and acceleration/braking.  

Level Two: Partial Automation

  Hands off the wheel, eyes on the road. A level two vehicle has certain modes in which the car can take over both the pedals AND the wheel, but only under certain conditions, and the driver must maintain ultimate control over the vehicle. This is where Tesla's Autopilot has been at since 2014.  

Level Three: Conditional Automation

  Hands off the wheel, eyes off the road – sometimes. In a level 3 vehicle, the car has certain modes that will fully take over the driving responsibilities, under certain conditions, but a driver is expected to retake control when the system asks for it. This car can decide when to change lanes, and how to respond to dynamic incidents on the road, but uses the human driver as the fallback system. These are dangerous waters in terms of liability, and automakers are more or less trying to skip over it and move straight to level four.  

Level Four: High Automation

  Hands, off, eyes off, mind off – sometimes. A level four vehicle can be driven by a human, but it doesn't ever need to be. It can drive itself full time under the right circumstances, and if it encounters something it can't handle, it can ask for human assistance, but will park itself and put its passengers in no danger if human help isn't forthcoming. At this point, you're looking at a true self-driving car. This is the level Google/Waymo's test cars have been operating at for a number of years now.  

Level Five: Full Automation


Steering wheel is optional. The front seats might face backwards to make this a social space, because the car neither needs nor wants your help. Full-time automation of all driving tasks on any road, under any conditions, whether there's a human on board or not.

These levels are a useful way to track what's happening as we make the transition from human to robot drivers – a transition that will have enormous repercussions for the way we live, work and travel in the future.