As technology advances, car owners gain access to better ways to help protect themselves and others while they are on the road. Although this technology is available, in certain situations, it still needs to be maintained or recalibrated.
What is ADAS?
ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. These systems are any automated part of the vehicle that assists the driver in the driving process. When used in addition to safe human practices, ADAS can significantly increase car and road safety. A couple of the ADAS systems available in vehicles today include:
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Adaptive Headlights
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Forward Collision Alert
- Forward Collision Mitigation
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Keep Assist
- Park Assist
The vehicle will use cameras, radars, lasers and other devices to gather information to complete these functions. That information is then processed in the vehicle’s computer in order to deliver the information to the driver. These devices create what is known as a circle of safety around the vehicle that can help detect and react to potential dangers.
What is Recalibration?
Recalibration is the process of returning a vehicle’s ADAS to its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications. Going back to these specifications essentially resets the equipment to the optimal settings for their performance. Regarding vehicles, recalibrating will help ensure that the cameras or sensors are sending accurate readings to the internal computer.
How is Recalibration Done?
At Auto Glass Excellence, our professionals are trained and certified to use the Autel System for recalibrating an ADAS. This system allows our technicians to run intuitive and precise diagnostics on vehicles in order to make adjustments down to the most accurate millimeter.
Dynamic v. Static Recalibration
Two methods can be used when recalibrating the ADAS of a vehicle: Dynamic and Static Calibration.
This kind of recalibration is done through the on-board computer while the vehicle is moving. This type of calibration is typically for vehicles that require electric calibration. Once calibration is complete, the ADAS will be returned to its original manufacturer standards and be able to accurately read lines and lane dividers.
Static recalibration requires that the vehicle be set-up and recalibrated in a shop. Once the vehicle is in place, the camera will be calibrated using targets that are set-up at different heights and distances. During the process, the vehicle remains in place or a static position. Once the cameras and sensors have been calibrated, the technicians will typically conduct a road test to ensure that the ADAS works properly.
Why is Recalibration Important?
If your system isn’t properly calibrated it could greatly reduce its functionality and your safety. Even if the ADAS is off by a millimeter, it could be providing inaccurate readings. These inaccurate readings could, in turn, cause the vehicle to respond too late or incorrectly to its surroundings.