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National Windscreens drives ‘innovating together’ programme at local college

5 July 2019

National Windscreens continues to expand its ‘innovating together’ programme with a technical update event at Lincoln College, focusing on the evolution of autonomous vehicles. The event was run by the college’s Automotive Engineering team, in conjunction with the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI).

National Windscreens’ ‘innovating together’ programme aims to provide insurers and fleets with the insight they need to react effectively to fast-changing vehicle technology. The company is working closely with its world-leading suppliers and partners to make sure it stays ahead of the game. The evening gave National Windscreens the opportunity to share its knowledge and expertise with industry leaders, local automotive business owners and representatives from the college and IMI.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are a major focus in the industry currently, so the technical training update was focused around this subject. The evening featured talks and demonstrations by companies at the forefront of the industry. Alistair Carlton and Steve Husband of National Windscreens presented the latest ADAS developments, highlighting the integration of ADAS into glass and the interaction between the various other sensors around the car. Hella Gutmann, National Windscreens’ long-term ADAS technology partner, demonstrated a RADAR calibration and local BMW and Nissan dealers presented live self-park demonstrations.

It is predicated that by 2020, more than 40% of new vehicles will have at least two types of driver assistance systems fitted. National Windscreens has invested more than £3 million to date in equipment and training in ADAS calibration across its 108 purpose designed buildings, ensuring just one visit for windscreen replacement and calibration.

Alistair Carlton, technical manager at National Windscreens comments:

“We were delighted to be invited to the technical update event at Lincoln College. Staying ahead of the curve within the automotive industry is something we’re continually focusing on at National Windscreens, so it was great to give other industry professions a vision into what’s coming, as well as gaining valuable insights ourselves.

“Although National Windscreens is a recognised national brand, our strength lies in our ability to deliver locally, which is why we feel it’s really important to get involved with events like this.”

Image caption: Rob Roberts, one of the regional training managers at National Windscreens, carrying out an ADAS calibration.