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Windshield Replacement Calibration with ADAS: What You Need to Know!

More Money For Windshield Replacements, Less Problems For Drivers

Don’t want to pay more money for a windshield replacement? Then don’t buy a new car. As with all technological advancements, there are always added costs. Your windshield might look like just a big piece of glass, but it’s actually filled with technology. We’re here to tell you why, and by the end of this article, you may be convinced that the extra cost is well worth it.

What are Advanced Driver Assistance Systems?

We’ve been talking about ADAS, (which stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems,) and for good reason too. These systems are here to stay and they’re becoming more advanced with each new model release. They utilize radar, lidar, cameras, computer imaging, sensors, networking, and other devices to create a safer vehicle.

ADAS refers to any type of assistance to the driver that it automated. This can be something as simple as auto-on headlights or rain sensing wipers. Moving up the scale, ADAS can also assist drivers by utilizing night vision technology and sensing vehicles in blind spots- something your average human with five senses would have difficulty doing. ADAS at its most advanced state is less of an assistance system, and more into the realm of becoming autonomous. These are the cars that have lane departure sensors, adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance systems, automated parking, and other features that let the driver sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Self-driving cars: booooring.

This technology isn’t anything new though. Self-driving cars have been in testing since the mid 1980’s and ADAS features became mainstream starting around 2010. Thanks to the likes of Tesla, Google, Apple and Uber racing to have the first truly autonomous vehicles though, ADAS has caught a ton of traction lately. It has really opened up the discussion of highway safety and how these features can prevent crashes.

Saving lives: not boring!

Let’s face it: a large percentage of drivers on the road are just plain bad. You probably experienced one on your way to work this morning, or maybe you were one doing 15 over the speed limit to get work before the boss noticed you were late (we won’t judge).

Not convinced? Every year in the US over 2 million people are injured or disabled in traffic accidents and another 35,000+ are killed. That’s basically the population of an entire town being wiped out every year just from traffic accidents.

ADAS can help. A lot. According to some industry professionals, the impact of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication alone could cut accidents upwards of 600,000 a year! This translates into countless lives, limbs, tax dollars and insurance expenses saved. Combine V2V communication with the other high-end ADAS systems and you have one very safe vehicle.

Windshield Replacement Time

If you don’t already have a vehicle equipped with ADAS features, chances are you will in the future since more and more vehicles have these systems as standard features.
So listen up!

Despite the latest and greatest technology, things still break- especially windshields, which take the brunt of highway-speed abuse from objects like rocks. When it comes time for windshield replacement there are certain things you’ll want to know– like the fact that the car’s computer system will likely need to be re-calibrated.
Areas with road work are notorious for having increased rates of windshield damage

The process for windshield replacement calibration varies from vehicle. It can be as simple as resetting the vehicle’s computer system, to as complicated as setting up lasers, taking measurements, and making manual adjustments. These ADAS calibrations after a windshield replacement require specialized, expensive tools and a lot of training. Additional costs vary by complexity of the recalibration and fees generally range from $150-$450. Considering what goes into it, these are bargain prices. Especially when a proper windshield replacement calibration could be the difference between saving a family of four or a deadly accident.
Windshield Replacement Calibration

You may be wondering why a car needs to be re-calibrated at all. Or better yet, why a windshield replacement causes issues. This is due to the fact that car windshields are actually pretty techie and what you think may be just glass, isn’t just glass. Even though you can’t always see it, there are built-in sensors, specially positioned areas of tint and no tint, heaters, noise reduction layers– the list goes on. Some of these built-in or attached sensors can be linked to ADAS. And if the sensors change position by just a millimeter or degree, it may throw the entire system off. This one reason why re-calibration is essential after a windshield replacement.

The more advanced systems that use cameras for lane departure warning systems and the like usually have special areas of the windshield that the lens “sees” through. It is a very precise area, so great care must be taken during an install to ensure everything is lined up. Much like other sensors, the cameras are very sensitive to change and will likely need to be re-calibrated after a new install as well.

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Citizen Advocacy Group Wants Auto Insurers to be Investigated for Steering

August 15, 2017 by Katherine Coig
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Texas Watch, a non-partisan citizen advocacy organization, has asked the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) to investigate the insurance industry’s “corner cutting automobile repairs.” This is in light of State Farm’s alleged role in influencing an auto repair that wasn’t performed to the OEM’s specifications. The repair in question resulted in a $1 million lawsuit against a Texas collision repair center, as well as a separate lawsuit against State Farm, following an accident that left a couple severely injured.

The organization wants TDI to take “enforceable action” and discourage insurers from steering its consumers into using its preferred auto collision center. Texas Watch believes this will prevent insurance providers from pushing auto repair shops into performing cheaper repairs.

“When insurers prioritize the bottom line, and pressure body shops into unsafe, shoddy repairs, Texans’ lives are put at risk,” Tori Sommerman, deputy director of Texas Watch, said in a statement. “Recent reporting demonstrates the tragic consequences of insurance companies pressuring drivers into using industry-preferred body shops where insurers can push for cheap, substandard repairs.”

In a letter to TDI deputy commissioner Mark Einfalt, Ware Wendell, executive director of Texas Watch, urged the department to “hold industry wrongdoers accountable through all available means and without delay given the many lives at stake.” He added that laws are only “ink on paper” until courts and agencies enforce them.

Matthew and Marcia Seebachan have filed separate lawsuits against State Farm for negligence and breach of warranty, following statements that Boyce Willis, director at John Eagle Collision, gave in his deposition. According to Willis, insurers can trump OEM specifications by not paying the bill if the repair isn’t performed how the insurer dictated it.

The lawsuits are ongoing.

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Windshield Replacement Deductibles

How does an auto insurance policy’s deductible apply to a broken windshield or windshield repair?

Three Different Types of Coverage

To understand Windshield Repair coverage, you should first understand the basics of car insurance. There are three types of auto insurance coverage: Comprehensive, Collision and Liability.

  • Liability: If you cause an accident, this two-part coverage — including bodily injury liability and property damage liability — will pay for the other party’s medical bills and vehicle repairs. It will not protect you or your passengers if you are injured or your vehicle is damaged as a result of the wreck.
  • Collision: This type of coverage will pay to fix or replace your own vehicle after an accident. Coverage extends to damage caused by collision with an object (e.g., a tree or house) or an accident in which no object was involved (e.g., if your car flips). Most states don’t mandate collision coverage, but if you have a loan or a lease, your finance company will probably require it. Collision insurance cannot usually be purchased without comprehensive coverage.
  • Comprehensive: This protects your vehicle against certain types of damage not caused by an accident, such as theft, vandalism, falling objects, flood, fire, animals, or natural disasters. It also covers claims in which the damage is limited to glass damage such as a cracked or chipped windshield. Comprehensive insurance is optional unless your lender or lessor requires you to have it. This type of insurance is usually purchased in combination with collision coverage.

Deductibles

Any time a damage or accident claim is filed against your car insurance, you must pay a deductible. A deductible is a payment level that must be met before the insurance picks up the rest of the claim cost. Common car insurance deductible levels might be $0, $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 per incident. A person with a $250 deductible would have to pay $250 towards repairs if damage exceeds that amount. Choosing a lower deductible may increase your annual premium, but would result in a lower out-of-pocket expense to repair or replace any vehicles involved.

Windshield Repair or Replacement

Comprehensive coverage deductibles are applied to cover windshield cracks or breakage as well as  the other glass in your car. In the case of a broken windshield or one that is extremely damaged, your policy deductible would generally apply. However, there are a few things to keep in mind that when dealing with windshield damage. First, some insurance companies have a separate piece of the policy that defines coverage for glass breakage. This special coverage may allow for a lesser deductible owed on windshield replacement. Second, if the damage is minimal (smaller than a quarter is a good rule of thumb) like a chip, nick, or small crack, you may be able to have it repaired at no cost if your insurance company waives your deductible for having the repair performed.

 

How does this effect you/me?

Many people are unaware that you are able to select different deductible amounts for both the Collision and Comprehensive portions of your policy and many times the difference per month is minimal.  I encourage you to question your agent about the difference or if you are shopping/buying online select the different coverage’s and see the monthly difference firsthand.
Example: (all information is used as examples only. Assuming full coverage)

  1. If you carry a $500 deductible for collision and $500 for comprehensive on your vehicle, the monthly premium is $80.
  2. However, if you carry a $500 collision deductible and a $100 comprehensive deductible the monthly premium may be $83.

Under the first scenario it would cost you $500 or the full cash price of the windshield, which ever is less.

Under the second scenario it would cost you $3 more per month but only cost you $100 to replace your windshield.

It is also important to understand that the comprehensive portion covers all of the glass in your vehicle not just the windshield. So, should someone vandalize your vehicle and breaks out the back glass and a door glass at the same time your deductible will cover both pieces to be replaced.

The newer vehicles are coming from the factory with more and more options attached to and in the windshield and as you can imagine the cost of these windshields are sky rocketing, replacing with the incorrect windshield may/will render the safety features inoperable and cause errors/alerts in today’s cars . Some of these options are Rain Sensors, Auto Light Sensors, Heated Wiper Park Area, Electrochromic, Acoustic Interlayer, Infared, Lane Departure Warning System, Antennas, Remote Start, Forward Collision Alert and many many more options that effect how your car operates.

I spoke with a customer the other day and one of the first things they said was “The insurance company is screwing me around”. When I asked what he meant he said the insurance company was telling him he had to pay his $500 deductible before they would pay anything for his windshield replacement………. I ask you, which would be easier to handle/come up with…$3/mo or $500 all at once?

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Mobile Windshield Repair & Mobile Windshield Replacement

Do you have a broken Windshield and in need of Mobile Windshield Repair or Mobile Windshield Replacement? Busy with life and working during the day like most people?

Why take you car into a shop and have to find or arrange a ride to home or work?

Why wait at the shop for several hours while the glass is replaced and the urethane cures for the required time? What do I mean by required time? EVERY windshield replaced with urethane has what is called a Safe Drive Away Time (SDAT) that your vehicle needs to sit before it is driven. Ask your auto glass professional to show you the SDAT for the urethane being used.

Chapman Auto Glass is an Albuquerque mobile windshield repair company. There is no waiting at the shop. No hassle of arranging a ride to and from the shop. Call us at 505-228-5869 and we will come to you! How much easier could that be?!?!

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First Native American woman appointed judge in U.S. District Court

PHOENIX, Feb. 16 (UPI) — The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of the first Native American woman as judge of a U.S. District Court.

Diane Humetewa, a Hopi, was one of a confirmation of six judges to the federal court bench in Arizona on Monday. Humetewa previously served as U.S. attorney between 2007 and 2009 and was an appellate court judge for the Hopi Tribe and a special counsel and professor at Arizona State University.

She is the third Native American to be named to the federal bench.

“Her appointment is certainly historic,” University of Richmond School of Law professor Carl Tobias told USA Today. “She will be the only active Native American judge and the first woman.”

Former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton lauded Humetewa’s “extraordinarily sound judgment.”

“In this state more than any other, where we have 21 reservations and all felony offenses are tried in federal court, we do not have a bench that reflects the community it serves,” Charlton said. “And now, for the first time in our nation’s history, we’ll have a representative to the bench.”

The National Congress of American Indians issued a statement: “There are many qualified, talented people like Diane Humetewa in Indian country who are able and willing to serve. We eagerly anticipate many more nominations of native people to the federal bench and other offices.”

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mt., declared Humetewa “an inspiration to Native people” in a statement. “As the only Native American in active service on the federal bench, Diane provides much-needed expertise on the complexities of federal law and Indian sovereignty.”

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Police find “credible explosive device” at Albuquerque rental car facility

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal and local authorities declared a suspicious device found on a rental car at Albuquerque’s airport to be safe Sunday and are now launching investigations into how it got there.

Avis Budget Rental next to the Albuquerque International Sunport was initially shut down when the device was found during a check of a returned car, police spokesman Simon Drobik said. A bomb unit was called in to secure the device.

CBS affiliate KRQE reported that officials say a “safe and credible explosive device,” was found under a car while being checked after a rental return.

Meanwhile, travelers returning cars were diverted to another lot. But the airport remained open and no flights were affected.

The device appeared to be some sort of pipe bomb, KRQE reported.

Drobik said the police bomb unit initially inspected the device but has now handed it over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Agents from ATF and the FBI will conduct a separate investigation. They will look into the location from where the vehicle was rented and who was the last to occupy it, Drobik said.

All roads in the area reopened by the early afternoon. Police also declared a parking terminal secure.
CBS/AP

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Renewed Class Action Motion Filed in Volvo Sunroof Case

Renewed Class Action Motion Filed in Volvo Sunroof Case
February 12, 2016 by Jenna Reed
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Volvo vehicle owners have served a renewed motion for class certification on the automaker. The owners allege Volvo’s sunroofs harbor a defect, allowing water to flood the vehicles. The five-year class action suit was recently given new life after the U.S. District Court of New Jersey judge opened the door for the renewed motion.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals had vacated a previous class certification last year and remanded the case back to the lower court.

“Plaintiffs have served their renewed motion for class certification and all accompanying papers upon counsel for defendants,” according to court documents.

The judge had asked that the motion be served but not filed.

Given the new motion, Volvo seeks access to additional discovery.

“For example, some of the named plaintiffs who are proposed as class representatives have driven their vehicles for nearly five years since they were deposed,” according to court documents. “If they have not experienced any further instance of a clogged sunroof drain, that evidence would be extremely probative of the purported common defect.”

In their response, plaintiffs’ attorneys say, “The motion is a thinly veiled effort to further delay these proceedings, harass these former class representatives and third parties, seek an end-run around the court’s Daubert rulings, and is entirely without merit.”

The six states the District Court judge had originally granted as subclasses for class action were Massachusetts, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, California and Maryland.

The plaintiffs contend the alleged “defect” sunroofs are on Volvo’s S40, S60, S80, V50 (model years 2004 to present), XC90 (model years 2003 to present) and V50 (model years 2005 to present).

The suit was filed in 2010 in U.S. District Court by Joanne Neale of Needham, Mass., and seven other owners.

The judge had not issued any new decisions at press time.

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Self-driving cars succumb to snow blindness as driving lanes disappear

1.jpg&MaxW=700&cci_ts=20160210100218DETROIT (Bloomberg) — In Jokkmokk, a tiny hamlet just north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, where temperatures can dip to 50 below, Volvo Cars’ self-driving XC90 SUV met its match: frozen flakes that caked on radar sensors essential to reading the road. Suddenly, the SUV was blind.

“It’s really difficult, especially when you have the snow smoke from the car in front,” said Marcus Rothoff, director of Volvo’s autonomous-driving program. “A bit of ice, you can manage. But when it starts building up, you just lose functionality.”

After moving the sensors around to various spots on the front, Volvo engineers finally found a solution. Next year, when Swedish drivers take their hands off the wheel of leased XC90s in the world’s first public test of autonomous technology, the radar will be nestled behind the windshield, where wipers can clear the ice and snow.

As automakers race to get robot cars on the road, they’re encountering an obstacle very familiar to humans: Old Man Winter. Simple snow can render the most advanced computing power useless and leave vehicles dead on the highway. That’s why major players including Volvo Cars, owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co.; Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc.; and Ford Motor Co. are stepping up their efforts to prevent snow blindness.

‘A lot of hype’

“There’s been a lot of hype in the media and in the public mind’s eye” about the technology for self-driving cars “being nearly solved,” said Ryan Eustice, an associate professor of engineering at the University of Michigan who is working with Ford on snow testing. “But a car that’s able to do nationwide, all-weather driving, under all conditions, that’s still the Holy Grail.”

The struggle to cure snow blindness is among a number of engineering problems still to be resolved, including training cars not to drive too timidly, causing humans to crash into them, and ethical dilemmas such as whether to hit a school bus or go over a cliff when an accident is unavoidable.

With about 70 percent of the U.S. population living in the snow belt, learning how to navigate in rough weather is crucial for driverless cars to gain mass appeal, realize their potential to reduce road deaths dramatically and overcome growing traffic congestion.

“If your vision is obscured as a human in strong flurries, then vision sensors are going to encounter the exact same obstacles,” said Jeremy Carlson, an IHS Automotive senior analyst who specializes in autonomy.

High-speed sensors

Driverless cars “see” the world around them using data from cameras, radar and lidar, which bounces laser light off objects to assess shape and location. High-speed processors crunch the data to provide 360-degree detection of lanes, traffic, pedestrians, signs, stoplights and anything else in the vehicle’s path. That enables it to decide, in real time, where to go.

Winter makes this harder. Snow can shroud cameras and cover the lane lines they must see to keep a driverless car on course. Lidar also is limited because the light pulses it emits reflect off flakes, potentially confusing a curtain of falling snow with something to avoid, causing the vehicle to hit the brakes.

Radar, which senses objects by emitting electromagnetic waves, is better. It also has the longest track record: It’s been used since 1999 in adaptive cruise control to maintain a set distance from other vehicles.

Key element

“If everything else fails, I can follow the preceding traffic,” said Kay Stepper, vice president and head of the automated-driving unit at German supplier Robert Bosch LLC. “The radar is the key element of that because of its ability to work robustly in inclement weather.”

One sensor alone will never be enough, however. “You need different types of sensors looking at the same thing, detecting the same object, to very confidently allow the vehicle to do what you expect,” Carlson said.

Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., is searching for solutions by logging snow miles with its self-driving Lexus SUVs near Lake Tahoe, on the Nevada-California border. Ford is testing driverless Fusion sedans in snowstorms at the University of Michigan’s Mcity, a 32-acre faux neighborhood for robot cars on the Ann Arbor school’s North Campus. Both companies declined interview requests.

Ford believes it has found a solution to snow-blanketed lane lines, it said in a press release. It scans roads in advance with lidar to create high-definition 3-D maps that are much more accurate than images from global-positioning satellites, which can be 33 feet off.

Pinpoint location

Eustice, who has worked with Ford on the problem since 2012, said they’ve also found a way to filter the “noise” created by falling snowflakes. The filtered data combined with information from the 3-D maps enable the car to pinpoint its location to within “tens of centimeters,” he said.

“That’s high enough accuracy that we know exactly what lane we’re in,” and “helps the robot to understand the environment,” Eustice said, adding that’s still only half the problem: “Then you have to decide what to do now that we know where we are.”

Lane lines can become meaningless in a snowstorm, as humans blaze their own trails in the ruts created by vehicles in front of them.

“For us to barrel down the road in our lane and ignore the ruts would be unnatural to the other drivers,” Eustice said. So Ford has to figure out how to read the ruts and navigate just like a person, which is “really hard.”

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Manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

Published February 13, 2016 Associated Press

BOSTON – A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV’s windshield on a major highway, killing an art teacher as she drove to work during the Friday morning commute, authorities said.

Police didn’t confirm the victim’s name Friday, but Milton Public School district identified her as Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher at Glover Elementary School in the Boston suburb.

“Ms. Clavette was a talented and special educator who has touched the lives of many students and families over the past four years in the Milton Public Schools,” the district said in a statement. “The entire Milton community extends its thoughts and prayers to Caitlin’s family and friends.”

Clavette had taught in all four of the district’s elementary schools, the district said. She was a graduate of Winchester High School, earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and her masters from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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