Belron Canada has released the results of a study it commissioned from a Canadian testing firm to determine the influence of different windshields with calibration cameras on how certain ADAS systems perform.
The research, performed by PMG Testing of Quebec, tested the performance of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems, lane-keeping assist systems/lane departure warning (LKAS/LDW) systems on a 2017 Honda CR-V.
The vehicle was tested with an OE windshield. It was also tested with the same windshield after the camera was recalibrated and with what it called an original equipment equivalent (OEE) windshield installed and tested after the camera was recalibrated.
PMG says the results of the comparative windshield tests show that “on the 2017 Honda CR-V …recalibrating the camera and replacing the OE windshield with an OEE windshield had little to no effect on the AEB and LKAS/LDW systems on the vehicle.”
“In recent months, some vehicle manufacturers publicly hypothesized that the ADAS camera calibration procedure mandatory after most windshield replacements could be less efficient when performed on an aftermarket windshield than on an OEM windshield,” said Stéphane Ouimet, Belron Canada national manager of technical services and processes.
“In our opinion, these test results confirm that the business and technical approaches we have adopted as a foundation of our camera calibration services at our Speedy Glass and Lebeau Vitres d’autos service centers is the right one as it provides high safety parameters at a reasonable price,” said Sylvie Leduc, Belron Canada’s vice president of brand and customer promise.
OEE is a term Belron uses prominently to define certain windshields, which it says though not original equipment, has performance characteristics and meet the product specification of OE windshields.