Why You Shouldn’t Skip ADAS Calibration
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are found in most newer cars. Some are basic, such as headlights that turn on automatically, or wipers that activate when the system detects rain. More advanced versions of ADAS include sensors that detect lane changes and vehicles in your blind spot, and other technology that work on collision avoidance, ABS, and more. The system uses inputs from a number of different data sources you might not be aware of, including cameras, sensors, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), radar, in-car networking, and image processing.
Why Would the ADAS Need to Be Calibrated
Any system that relies on so many data sources can also be affected by any changes to your vehicle that involve any of the sensors and other data sources. The most common of these are:
- Being in an accident, even a minor one.
- Having your tyres replaced and/or your wheels aligned.
- Changes to your vehicle’s suspension.
- Certain windscreen damage and/or having your windscreen replaced.
The data sources that feed into the system all depend on precise positioning and being off by a single degree or millimetre can have a dramatic impact on the systems performance and reliability. Not having your windscreen wipers turn on automatically when it starts raining would be annoying. But having your ABS, blind spot detection, or even lane departure warning systems nor work as they should can have more serious consequences.
What Is ADAS Calibration
There are two types of ADAS calibration: dynamic, and static. Static is done on-site using highly specialised equipment on a stationary vehicle. Dynamic involves a technician fitting your car with portable calibration tools and then driving it on open roads. Which method of calibration is used often depends on what your vehicle manufacturer specifies, and sometimes the calibration might involve both static and dynamic. The whole process takes about an hour to complete.
Where to Go for ADAS Calibration
Your vehicle’s user manual should contain information on when ADAS calibration is necessary, along with the type of calibration needed. However, it is recommended that you still have your vehicle checked yearly for any calibration issues, even if you haven’t had your tyres changed or windscreen replaced. At Instant Windscreens we are not only equipped to carry out ADAS calibration services, we also have diagnostic tools that can assess your ADAS before and after we have carried out any auto glass repair work to verify whether a full calibration is necessary. That means we are not only able to perform a calibration after we replace your windscreen, but that we can also assess your vehicle’s ADAS to see whether a full calibration is necessary. Contact us today and ensure your ADAS always performs exactly as it should.