Does My Car Need ADAS Calibration?
When it comes to automotive technology, it’s safe to say the future is here. Although the commercial use of self-driving cars is still a few years ahead, most newer vehicles rolling off the assembly line come with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Aimed at improving life behind the wheel by reducing accidents due to human error, ADAS sensors have already improved the automotive industry. But did you know that your ADAS sensors may require calibrating without your knowing it?
In this post from Zenith Auto Glass Repair, we’re sharing everything you need to know about ADAS dynamic recalibration services for your vehicle. When you need safety system recalibration in Duluth/Superior, give us a call for fast, friendly service!
What Is ADAS?
When ADAS systems were first developed, they were primarily offered with higher-end vehicles. But today, ADAS systems are becoming more common on entry-level and mid-range vehicles as the technology is extended to wider applications.
ADAS combines several types of sensors, including infrared, thermal, camera, laser, and even ultrasonic tech, to indicate hazards to onboard computers. In turn, the computer may cause a warning light to flash or even take control of the car’s brakes, steering, or throttle to avoid an impending impact.
Camera sensors use high-definition image receptors commonly found in digital applications. However, automotive ADAS systems differ in their use of advanced algorithms in concert with high-powered microprocessors to control safety systems throughout the vehicle.
Here are the primary types of ADAS sensors:
● Camera sensors against the windshield
● Camera sensors against the roof
● 360-degree camera systems
● Front-facing radar sensors
● Ultrasonic sensors
How ADAS Impacts Driver Safety
While ADAS systems are intended to aid drivers, they are not a substitute for attentive and defensive driving practices. However, according to industry experts, demand for ADAS will continue to grow as drivers report strong satisfaction levels with ADAS safety features.
Additionally, preliminary studies indicate that ADAS can reduce both the incidence and severity of collisions. In the future, the applications of ADAS technology will continue to expand.
All of these systems use ADAS:
● Adaptive high beam
● Adaptive cruise control (ACC)
● Automatic parking
● Blind spot monitor
● Collision avoidance
● Driver monitoring systems
● Crosswind stabilization
● Driver drowsiness detection
● Hill descent control
● Emergency driver assistance
● Forward collision warnings
● Emergency braking
● Lane change assistance
● Lane departure warnings
● Intelligent speed adaptation
● Wrong-way warning
● And more
Windshield Replacement & ADAS Calibration
ADAS technologies can be found throughout a vehicle, including a car’s windshield. Anytime a vehicle undergoes car windshield replacement or windshield repair, the safety system needs to be recalibrated.
The auto glass replacement team needs to be trained in the manufacturer’s recommended procedures for ADAS systems. Anytime a vehicle’s sensors are disturbed even slightly, they run the risk of becoming misaligned, which can impact the functionality of the car’s safety systems.
Even a deviation of a few millimeters could compromise a vehicle’s safety. In fact, a misalignment of only one degree can misalign the system off-axis 50 feet ahead of the vehicle.
The auto glass repair technicians conducting the fitting need to precisely fit the system and ensure it is working as intended. As each ADAS system is different, technicians must be trained to follow each manufacturer’s unique safety system calibration recommendations.
Other Times You May Need ADAS Calibration
Besides recalibrating ADAS during windshield replacement, they should be recalibrated anytime your sensors could be affected. In some cases, your vehicle may tell you that you need ADAS calibration with a warning light on your dashboard.
Steering problems, including increased effort to steer, increased pull, and increased steering wheel vibration, are also indications of ADAS sensor problems.
All of these situations can affect your ADAS system:
● Cameras develop a fault
● Sensors are disconnected
● After a collision
● After a minor fender bender
● After suspension repair
● After wheel realignment
● Windshield replacement
● Engine or powertrain control replacement
● You're experiencing issues with your steering
● If your airbag was deployed
● Tire changes or installations
● Non-functioning cameras
Static vs. Dynamic ADAS Calibration
ADAS technicians use two types of ADAS calibration depending on the type of technology in their vehicle.
Dynamic calibration takes place when the vehicle is moving. A handheld device plugged directly into the car programs the system to respond to unpredictable situations and realign your ADAS software.
During static calibration, the vehicle does not move, and the process is completed in an environment with specialized equipment like sensor calibration tools and cameras to help input data to recalibrate the system.
Many require both methods. Working with a shop equipped for static and dynamic recalibration can help reduce your labor costs on ADAS sensor calibration.
Zenith Auto Glass has the technology, training, and space to conduct both static recalibration and dynamic recalibration:
● Information on equipment and procedures for all makes and models
● Scanning tools that support ADAS recalibration
● Dedicated workspace with enough room to conduct calibration
What Happens During ADAS Calibration?
The calibration process uses sensors that monitor and respond to the environment, either during the drive or on-site, and physically align the cameras, sensors, and other features in the system. The process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, and once completed, the technician will review a post-calibration scan to ensure the module DTC is cleared and your vehicle is safe to drive.
Can You Recalibrate ADAS Without a Professional?
Because of the complexities and safety regulations for the system, the process needs to be completed by a certified technician in a specialized facility with the appropriate computers and tools.
How Much Does ADAS Calibration Cost?
The cost of calibration is going to depend on the company you choose and the type of vehicle you have. The average range in pricing is between $250 and $630. Still, there may be additional fees depending on whether additional repairs need to be completed and whether it's static or dynamic calibration, with dynamic being generally more time-consuming.
How to Prepare Your Vehicle for ADAS Calibration
ADAS calibration is complex and requires your vehicle’s components and specs to be as close to factory as possible, so to ensure the correct calibration, there are a few steps to prepare your vehicle:
● No passengers or cargo should be in the vehicle
● The gas tank needs to be full
● All coolants and engine oil should be at the recommended level
● Tires need to be the recommended pressure
● Structural damage needs to be repaired
● Alignments have been completed
Contact Your Duluth/Superior & Northland ADAS Pros
ADAS systems undoubtedly make driving safer, and we can expect to see even more widespread use of ADAS in the future. Whether you’re having your windshield replaced or recently had a curb check, Zenith Auto Glass is your professional, trusted source for ADAS calibration. We’re also experienced at working with insurance companies to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
If you’re a driver in the Duluth/Superior and Northland area and you’re in need of ADAS recalibration, give us a call at 218-275-5555 or contact us to connect with an online agent. We look forward to helping you drive safely!