Windshield Repair in Modern Vehicles
What is ADAS Calibration?
As you are driving, your vehicle is capturing and communicating all kinds of information from velocity, trajectory, grade, wind speed, and much more. The sensors in your windshield are providing important information about the road in front of you – looking for other vehicles or obstacles, construction zones, snow, rain, ice and even potholes.
Good To Know: The first ADAS calibration is performed at the factory before your vehicle ships.
Figure 1. Typical ADAS sensors. LIDAR is not yet used in production vehicles. (Image: Texas Instruments)
Four Common Types Vehicle Safety Systems
Your windshield plays a big role in the accuracy of the data your vehicle is able to process. Let’s review a few of these in a little more detail and share why we recommend windshield recalibration each time there is a windshield replacement or windshield repair.
This system is designed to stop the vehicle when it detects that a collision is about to occur. It will alert the driver to make a correction, but if no actions are taken, an emergency brake will be automatically be applied to help prevent a collision from occurring. There is an alternative version of the AEB system called the forward-collision warning system, but it only monitors the distance between two vehicles. It alerts the driver, but usually does not include automatic braking features.
Typical ADAS Features
Simply put, ADAS is a type of advanced technology that is installed in vehicles to help them better comprehend their surroundings and become aware of potential scenarios in a semi-autonomous manner for safe driving. These are a few of the normal features you’ll find on vehicles equipped with ADAS.
Do I Need My Windshield Calibrated?
ADAS calibration is required by law. Because of this, in any windshield replacement, it’s very important to test everything and make sure all of the sensors are communicating. Using windshield calibration techniques, we’re able to quickly assess and determine any potential safety issues and address them immediately.
There are several types of ADAS calibration tools and two different types of calibration, static and dynamic.
This refers to a type of calibration in a specifically tailored workshop or controlled environment. We can perform these tests quickly and get you back on the road without having to drive the vehicle. Our technicians are trained well and use specialized equipment such as a CSC (Camera and Sensor Calibration) tool, five line lasers, two line lasers, designated target or an ADAS calibration tablet tool.
Dynamic Calibration is also referred to as mobile calibration and is usually performed by driving your vehicle for a specified distance, at a certain speed and in ideal weather conditions. We attach a small device to the vehicle that assists the technicians and makes the process a little more calculated. In this method, the car is prepared for all the different situations in which it will have to perform. This process usually does not require a specifically prepared environment to optimize calibration. Instead, it requires putting the ADAS system in a learn mode. Certain driving maneuvers can influence how these dynamic calibration estimates are obtained.
These maneuvers can include extensive turns, stronger acceleration, or smooth driving in a straight line. We may perform these maneuvers for a quicker more accurate calibration result. In short, getting the calibration right is essential for safety. Even minor miscalculations can lead to serious mishaps and accidents that could be avoided.
An Incredible Statistic
As great as these advancements are, we should share that the ADAS technology is here to assist you, but it isn’t designed to be a driving replacement or even an auto-pilot. It’s imperative that attention be paid to the road while driving, at all times.
We have everything you need
Safety First (and Always)
Clear Quality Auto Glass is one of the only auto glass repair shops in Las Vegas with specialized equipment to calibrate an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. This isn’t by accident. We have made great investments into training our team and building our infrastructure with the industry’s best calibration equipment.
Schedule Your ADAS Calibration Appointment
Clear Quality Auto Glass in Las Vegas is your one-stop-shop for auto glass repair and recalibration. Our team of specialists are well-trained to perform your calibrations efficiently and get you back on the road safely.
Give us a call at (702) 468-9730 to book your next service. We are available to help with all of your calibration needs.
If we perform a mobile service for your windshield replacement, we’ll issue you a discount coupon to visit our shop to save on your windshield calibration cost – just ask.
We hope to see you soon!
Figure 3. Autel Calibration Kit. (Image: Autel)