Pedestrian Detection System
Calibrating Pedestrian Detection System
What is Pedestrian Detection System
The Pedestrian Detection safety feature is a feature of your car’s camera system that can detect when a pedestrian is in the path of your car and apply the brakes if necessary. This feature analyzes images captured by your car’s camera system. If an object moving on the road appears to be a pedestrian, it will sound an alert and apply the brakes if necessary to avoid hitting the pedestrian.
How Pedestrian Detection Works?
The system uses cameras, lidar, and radar sensors to identify objects around your vehicle. When it detects a pedestrian or another vehicle, it alerts you with a warning light on your dashboard. It can detect if a pedestrian is infront of your vehicle and alert you if they are within the area your car will cover when it takes off.
With the radar and lidar waves, the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) system can compute the distance and time it will take to reach the object or pedestrian. The system knows when to send an alert if the driver does not react on time.
This system is designed to be used with the Blind Spot Assist feature, which uses radar to detect vehicles in your blind spots. If you have both features activated and a pedestrian enters the area where Blind Spot Assist would detect an oncoming vehicle, Pedestrian Detection will alert you so that you can take action and avoid hitting them.
In some cases, the system is integrated with the emergency braking system. When it detects a pedestrian while you are at high speeds, it will activate the emergency braking system. Even if the car does not stop, the speed will significantly reduce. This minimizes the impact in case of a collision with the pedestrian.
Note that the Pedestrian Detection feature works best only when no other objects are around. Other objects may act as obstructions and make it difficult for the system to detect pedestrians. Therefore, you need to employ other safe driving techniques.
Additionally, the system requires a considerable amount of light to function properly. If you are driving at night, it may be difficult to identify pedestrians in dark places. This also applies when driving through tunnels. Bad weather can also be a challenge to the pedestrian detection system.
It’s good to remember that neither you nor the computer predict what a person will do next. Be vigilant always.
Replacing Windshields equipped with Pedestrian Detection System
When it is time to replace your car windshield that is Equipped with Pedestrian Detection System, all the cameras and sensors are removed and reattached after windshield installation. A recalibration procedure is then required to ensure that this critical safety system is functioning properly and is performing in accordance to the manufacturer tolerances.
When your car’s Pedestrian Detection System is not properly calibrated after a windshield replacement, the cameras or radar can be misaligned by even millimeters. This could cause dangerous driving conditions and accidents!
Many glass shops try to avoid performing recalibration due to lack of knowledge or calibration equipment. They will simply keep the wires intact, install the new windshield and call it done.
When installing a new windshield, be assured that it will always be off by few Millimeters from the original windshield position. This slight shift in windshield position causes the Lane Departure Warning System and the Lane Keeping Assist System to be off.
At Francis & Sons Auto Glass we have the latest recalibration systems and the expertise and experience to recalibrate your Pedestrian Detection System to its factory setting and we back it up with our lifetime warranty.
Does Your insurance cover calibrating Pedestrian Detection System?
The short answer is if you have comprehensive coverage or if you have elected to add glass replacement coverage (an add on coverage to your auto insurance policy), then recalibration of Pedestrian Detection System is fully covered and there won’t be out of pocket expense.
Otherwise, plan on spending a minimum of $250 for recalibration. In the state of Arizona, it is always advisable to purchase glass coverage on top of your comprehensive auto insurance to avoid out of pocket expense when your windshield breaks or cracks.