Frequently Ask Questions
The purpose of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is to enhance the driving experience. ADAS use sensors and cameras that are built into the windscreens of vehicles. Here are some of the FAQs about ADAS recalibration.
ADAS recalibration is a process of realigning the sensors and cameras of a car to ensure that the ADAS works as intended. In most cases, ADAS recalibration is basically about recalibrating the camera on the windshield after a windscreen has been replaced. The windshield of your vehicle might have a camera. This camera ensures proper operation of the ADAS features of a vehicle. These include adaptive cruise control, pedestrian avoidance, and emergency braking. ADAS recalibration is largely about recalibrating the camera on the windshield. The ADAS recalibration process requires skills, experience, and specialized tools to ensure that the system is recalibrated to the standard that is required by the vehicle’s manufacturer.
Advanced Driver Assist Systems are different technological advancements that are featured in most modern vehicles. These technological advancements are aimed to improve and enhance the safety of vehicles and drivers. Advanced Driver Assist Systems are computer connected features that include cameras and sensors that assist a driver on the road while keeping them safe while driving. They are a set of features that are designed to improve the overall driving experience. In most cases, vehicle manufacturers mount these features on the windshield of a vehicle. As such, advanced driver assistance systems should be recalibrated whenever a windshield is replaced. This recalibration ensures that the ADAS functions the way the vehicle manufacturer intended after replacing the damaged windscreen.
ADAS recalibration is very important to ensure that the camera and sensors convey the right information to the system. This is very crucial because if the wrong information is sent to the system, its operations will be affected negatively. Therefore, the manufacturers of the vehicles that come with ADAS require their owners to have them recalibrated properly under the following instances:
- When the windscreen is replaced
- After collision repair
- After the airbag has deployed
- After suspension repair
- After a front-end alignment
- After changing the ride height or tires
- After replacing a faulty camera
- When the ADAS lights are flashing codes or on
- After the Engine Control, Engine Control Unit, or Power train Control Module is replaced.
Make sure that the ADAS of your vehicle is recalibrated properly under any of these instances.
Yes. ADAS features are more of live savers than luxuries. That’s because they have a significant potential for reducing car crash fatalities. Features of the advanced driver assistance systems, like the radar sources and camera, provide useful information to the driver. For instance, the ADAS can alert the driver of potential issues like the sudden need to take a driver’s action like braking or changing the lane. Such information can help in preventing or reducing traffic accidents and fatalities.
ADAS is a new technology. As such, some auto dealers are unaware of its functioning and the recommendations of most vehicle manufacturers. Therefore, they may not perform or consider ADAS recalibration necessary after replacing the windshield. However, ADAS recalibration is necessary for most makes and models of vehicles. It’s highly advisable to have the ADAS recalibrated to ensure your safety and that of passengers even when your dealership doesn’t consider it necessary.
ADAS recalibration and windshield replacement can take around 2 hours. However, additional time may be required if the vehicle has additional features that need fixing.