ADAS Calibration

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems or ADAS is a collective term for the many technological enhancements in modern vehicles. These aim to enhance and improve both the driver’s safety, as well as the safety of the vehicle. You can find ADAS technology in most modern windscreens. And because of these developments, technicians must follow special procedures when installing a new windscreen. This results in the need for skilled technicians, well versed and trained in these new windscreens and technologies, like those at Quality Fit Windscreens.

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Features of ADAS Windshields

Cars and car technology is constantly evolving. And, as a result, manufacturers are integrating more driver safety features into car windscreens. ADAS systems are also an extremely important part of windscreen repair and replacement as cameras and sensors can be part of the windscreen itself.

When replacing an ADAS windscreen, there is always a danger of misalignment because of their sensitivity. And this can seriously impact how the car’s technology works. As a result, the technician fitting your windscreen must ensure they carry out the correct calibration. Quality Fit Windscreens technicians are well trained in ADAS windscreen installations, ensuring the correct calibration is carried out, so that the camera has precisely the right view of the road ahead.

And, as ADAS technology continues to evolve, it becomes vital that you have a trusted expert, like Quality Fit Windscreens, to handle your windscreen repairs and replacements.

Why is ADAS  – Advanced Driver Assist Systems Calibration Necessary?

Your ADAS windscreens function through a combination of sensors and cameras. Car manufacturers recommend that, after you have your windscreen replaced, you have your ADAS system calibrated to ensure all safety features are working correctly. Because if you improperly fit a windscreen with ADAS technology, even by as little as a few millimetres, you can compromise these vital technologies.

Each car is different, so manufacturers also have specific calibration settings for their Driver Assistance Systems. Technicians at Quality Fit Windscreens are constantly upskilling in order to provide our customers with the best services possible. This includes ADAS technology and calibration training, so you know that your car is in the right hands.

Calibrating your windscreen shouldn’t be limited to immediately after replacement. You should also contact us to get your ADAS checked if:

  • Your camera is partially removed or has developed a fault
  • Your ADAS camera is disconnected
  • You had a wheel alignment or change of suspension because this will affect your ADAS service

What is the Difference Between Dynamic and Static Calibration?

There are two different types of ADAS calibration. Depending on the nature of your windscreen technologies you will need either a mobile or fixed calibration.

Mobile Calibration

This type of calibration applies to dynamic ADAS. Technicians carry out the calibration using a hand-held device that plugs directly into the car. In most cases, the car will then need to be driven at a specified speed over a certain distance in optimum weather conditions so the system can become accustomed to different road features. Further, car manufacturers will stipulate specific parameters for the calibration of their dynamic ADAS.

Fixed or Static Calibration

This applies to static ADAS. The calibration is carried out in a specially tailored workshop environment. It also requires a specialist camera and sensor calibration tool. Each car manufacturer requires specific calibration settings due to the particulars for fixed ADAS.

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Does My Car Need ADAS Calibration?

Many modern cars have complex technologies integrated into the windscreen. Below is a checklist of current ADAS technologies. If your vehicle features any of these technologies, then you should bring your car into Quality Fit Windscreens, your trusted ADAS windscreen professionals, to confirm if your car requires calibration.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Parking
  • Adaptive High Beam
  • Automotive Navigation System (providing up-to-date traffic information)
  • Adaptive Light Control (swivelling curve lights)
  • Automotive Night Vision
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Collision Avoidance System
  • Crosswind Stabilisation
  • Driver Drowsiness Detection
  • Driver Monitoring System
  • Electric Vehicle Warning Sounds (used in hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Glare-free High Beam
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Intelligent Speed Adaption or Intelligent Speed Advice (ISA)
  • Intersection Assistant
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Lane Change Assistance
  • Pedestrian Protection System
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Turning Assistant
  • Vehicular Communication Systems
  • Wrong-way Driving Warning

What do I need to do when my windscreen is replaced?

ADAS technologies rely on cameras and sensors mounted located inside the windscreen because this is the highest front-facing area on the car. Re-calibration of ADAS will be recommended after windscreen replacement is completed. This is because even a 1-degree offset in alignment (only identified by using specialised equipment) may cause the system to miscalculate braking distances, which is vital for road safety and preventing collisions. So when you replace your windscreen, it is highly advisable that calibration should be performed.

Committed to the highest quality of Windscreen Calibration

Quality Fit Windscreens understand windscreen calibration is essential to ensure driving is easier and safer. We can produce windscreen calibration direct to our customers after we refit a new windscreen making the process swift and efficient.

Our qualified staff at Quality Fit Windscreens and our commitment to training ensure they can perform windscreen calibration with ease and precision.

Do I need to Calibrate my Screen at Other Times?

Camera calibration can be impacted by day to day use of your vehicle and other events.

Having your vehicle re-calibrated once a year is a great way to ensure safety. Call us at Quality Fit Windscreens, we are the experts and can assist you with a windscreen calibration today.

Quality Fit Windscreens also offers windscreen recalibration to all our ADAS clients. As a result, our technicians are experts in their field and are constantly training to keep abreast of the latest advancements and repair requirements. If your windscreen needs repairs, replacement, or recalibration, contact us today!

A vehicle manufacturer today will ensure the safety critical aspect of driving a car is a top priority.   Features like a vehicle’s camera or remote active park are now becoming standard features for most vehicle manufacturers and this means the calibration process is an integral part of the car design.  Our team are specially trained to perform the calibration process.

Quality Fit Windscreens also offers windscreen recalibration to all our ADAS clients. As a result, our technicians are experts in their field and are constantly training to keep abreast of the latest advancements and repair requirements. If your windscreen needs repairs, replacement, or recalibration, contact us today!

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Automatic Emergency Braking

The driver assistance systems ADAS is cutting edge technology. Cars fitted with automatic emergency braking and electronic stability control ensure optimum safety and advanced driver assistance systems combining radar sensors and features like adaptive cruise control add to safety but do require the safety-critical systems to be regularly checked.  All these innovations require calibration along with a complete diagnostic scan, calibration process including a check of the advanced driver assistance systems, automatic emergency braking camera calibration and wheel alignment. The humble car is now a highly sophisticated vehicle.