Research From The AAA Studies ADAS And Windshield Replacements

The American Automobile Association did a study of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), like censors or parking cameras in vehicles in order to understand the costs associated with replacing and/or calibrating them in typical collision and repair scenarios, where they’re repaired alongside common repair jobs like a windshield replacement or a bumper buffering.

According to the report, which AAA released late October, the organization sought to find what additional repair costs are incurred when specific ADAS parts, like cameras and sensors, are damaged and/or must undergo calibration; and how much a windshield replacement would cost on a vehicle that has an ADAS camera sensor in the system th at needs calibration.

The study found out that windshield replacement for a vehicle with ADAS systems, like automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning systems, sit at the range of $1,200 – $1,600 for aftermarket windshield glass, while factor glass ranges from $1,300 to $1,650.

The study looked at three vehicles for its study, the 2018 Nissan Rogue, 2018 Toyota Camry, and 2018 Ford F-150, a small sport utility vehicle, a medium sedan, and a full-size pickup truck, respectively. According to the AAA reports say that the vehicles sampled for the study were selected due to having the highest available level of ADAS functionality; possessing as many ADAS devices commercially available on the market.

The report, however, noted that there are several variables that come into play when they were calculating repair costs for the ADAS systems in the vehicles. Factors the AAA determined the baseline values to include things like:

  • ADAS sensor calibration costs;
  • Auto body facility labour rates;
  • Dealer service department labour rates;
  • Repair part types & costs;
  • Repair labour operations times, and;
  • Third-party auto glass replacement.

The report has been published and has already several news sources, and it also offers several tips for consumers who need to get their ADAS-equipped windshields. AAA encourages consumers to learn about the type of technology that’s present in their vehicle, as well as the associate costs in repair, the insurance policies that cover that tech, as well as finding a repair facility that can handle the repair and calibration of ADAS tech as well as the ability to prove that the systems have been properly repaired and calibrated.