Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS): Part 5

Calibration of ADAS

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are the future for the automotive industry. As with all new technology, it can be very exciting, but there are limitations to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and it’s important to be realistic with how it plays out in a practical sense. While there are a variety of types of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), they ALL rely on proper calibration to be both reliable and effective. If it is not calibrated correctly, the signals and alerts can be delayed, which in a real-life worst-case scenario can be the difference between life and death. 

As Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) has developed over the years, the systems have come to rely more and more on strategically placed sensors and cameras to ensure not only accurate incoming information, but that the outgoing alerts are correct and appropriate as well. Whether or not this is achieved ultimately comes down to a little something we keep referring to: CALIBRATION!

What exactly is calibration?

Calibration, in a general sense, is the process of configuring an instrument or tool to provide a result that is within an acceptable range. When we are referring to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), calibration, and often recalibration, is the precise physical alignment, testing, and electronic aiming of the sensors and cameras that are utilized to collect real-time data to inform your vehicle’s ADAS and driver. Calibration, or recalibration, must always happen whenever your windshield is being replaced. Additionally, depending on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations, it may also be needed if you replace your tires, have your wheels realigned, of if any work is done that could affect your vehicle’s suspension.

Types of Calibration.

There are two types of calibration used for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS):

Static ADAS Calibration – Static Calibration occurs while a vehicle is stationary. This type of calibration needs to be done at a certified auto glass repair shop as it requires an enclosed environment and highly specialized equipment that tests each feature of the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and then returns each to optimal functionality.

Dynamic ADAS Calibration – Dynamic Calibration is sometimes referred to as Mobile Calibration as this is done while the vehicle is moving. Dynamic Calibration uses a hand-held device that attaches to your vehicle and calibrates while you drive at a predetermined speed for a certain distance. Dynamic ADAS Calibration is more user-friendly, but is not recommended for all calibration needs. 

These two types of calibration are not interchangeable. Each vehicle manufacturer provides specific indications for when each method can and should be used. While many people prefer DIY methods, calibration is not something that should be done at home – it’s important that it is performed only by trained professionals using the proper specialized equipment. While calibration will often tack on a little extra time to windshield replacement, the benefits and improved safety measures that will help keep you and your passengers protected are undeniable, and totally worth it!

Auto Glass 2020 Can Help.

Chipped or cracked windshield? Call Auto Glass 2020 today at (480) 283-7751 or get a quote here! Not only are our amazing technicians the BEST at windshield repair and windshield replacement, but they are the BEST at ADAS calibration as well! We’re a one-stop shop for all your auto glass and calibration needs and we have the BEST INCENTIVES in town!