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 auto accidents due to human error, ADAS sensors have already changed the automotive industry for the better.
But did you know that your ADAS sensors may require calibrating without your even 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.
ADAS Systems and Your Ride
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 combine 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.
Types of ADAS sensors:
● Camera sensors against the windshield
● Camera sensors against the roof
● 360-degree camera systems
● Front-facing radar sensors
● Ultrasonic sensors
ADAS and 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 for 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
Repairs and 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 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 in following each manufacturer’s unique safety system calibration recommendations.
Additional ADAS Calibrations
Besides recalibrating ADAS during windshield replacement, anytime your sensors could be affected, they should be recalibrated. In some cases, your vehicle may tell you that you’re in need of 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
Static and Dynamic Calibration
ADAS technicians use two types of ADAS calibration depending on the type of technology in their vehicle. While some sensors require the vehicle to be driven, others require precise calibration in a dedicated ADAS workspace. Many require both methods. Working with a shop that’s equipped for both static and dynamic recalibration can help to 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
Contact Your Duluth/Superior and 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 you’ve 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!