Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE) glass does not impact the functionality of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) sensors, according to research conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) in the UK.
The research was conducted on behalf of Autoglass UK and involved tests to compare the performance of ADAS systems calibrated after the installation of OEM and OEE screens.
The performance of two ADAS systems (Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning) were tested under controlled conditions on a test track. After each windscreen change, the ADAS camera was calibrated by Autoglass to the manufacturer’s specification.
The tests concluded that the ADAS technology on a vehicle functions correctly when either OEM or the Autoglass aftermarket replacement windscreens (OEE) are used in the repair work.
Dr Chris Davies, head of technical superiority at Autoglass said: “The use of OEM or OEE glass makes no difference to ADAS functionality. This independent research refutes the claim by some manufacturers that their windscreens must be used to ensure the safety technology continues to work properly. This is purely a case of the manufacturers trying to push their own branded products.
“Glass used on vehicles is changing and every year we see more complexity, requiring immaculate quality to house the evolving technology which sits on the windscreen. It is important that the industry is able to adapt and be flexible and our use of OEE glass allows us to offer the best possible service to the customer without any compromise on quality or safety.”
The research findings do not apply to all aftermarket equivalents, only to the OEE glass used in its vehicle glass repair and replacement service, Autoglass UK confirms.