Advanced Driver Assistance Systems have become a staple in modern vehicles in the age of smart cars and automated driving features. These systems, including lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and collision avoidance, are designed to make driving safer and more convenient.
Every car owner should know these four surprising facts about ADAS calibration.
- Not Just One Type of Calibration. Contrary to popular belief, there are three types of ADAS calibration: static, dynamic, and dual. Static ADAS calibrations are complex and require precise measurements and specific lighting conditions. Dynamic calibrations are simpler and can be done on-site, usually by driving the vehicle at a certain speed. Dual calibration involves both static and dynamic methods.
- Calibration Can Save Lives. ADAS features are not just for convenience; they save lives. It’s estimated more than 90% of all vehicles have one or more ADAS features, and these technologies have the potential to save thousands of people a year. However, for these systems to work effectively, they must be calibrated.
- ADAS Calibration is Mandatory After Certain Events. You might think that calibration is something you can put off, but there are specific instances where it becomes mandatory. These include windshield replacement and regular maintenance, like tire or brake work after an accident. Failure to recalibrate can result in error codes and even severe internal failures.
- Calibration is Not a DIY Job. ADAS calibration is a complex process that requires specialized equipment and expertise. The calibration process involves manufacturer-specific targeting equipment or driving tests to ensure the systems are aligned. This cannot be done with a simple toolset in your garage.
ADAS calibration is an essential but often overlooked aspect of modern vehicle maintenance. Contact us if you want to check your ADAS system or have questions.