ADAS | Windshield Camera Re-Calibration

What is ADAS?

ADAS stands for “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems”. These systems are made up of a combination of cameras, lasers, Lidar, thermal imaging, radar and complex software working together to provide a range of capabilities that ultimately help reduce the risk of collisions. Systems vary greatly in their capabilities and can range from simple warning systems to fully automated self driving features.

What kinds of ADAS systems are there?

Some features now come standard in new vehicles and others are optional. Most, if not all of the systems within ADAS fall under the following categories:
  • Adaptive - systems that change/adapt based on input from the surrounding environment
  • Automated - systems that take over and perform certain functions that a driver cannot do safely
  • Monitoring - systems that use sensors, cameras, or other means to observe the surrounding area or driving of the vehicle and assesses whether a corrective action needs to be made
  • Warning - systems that alert the driver to potential issues in their own driving or the driving of others that could increase the risk of injury to those in the vehicle
Here are some examples of specific ADAS safety systems:

* Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)        
* Adaptive Head lights

* Adaptive Light Control * Automatic Braking System (ABS)

* Automatic Parking * Blind Spot Monitors

* Pedestrian Monitors * Proximity Monitors

* Driver Drowsiness Detection * Collision Avoidance System

* Forward Collision Warning * Lane Keep Assist

* Lane Departure Warning

Do I have ADAS on my vehicle?

More and more vehicles are being manufactured with ADAS systems in an effort to provide owners with an increased level of Safety. One tell-tale sign of an ADAS system is a forward facing camera mounted on or behind the windshield. This is part of the vehicle's advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and is key to the multi-faceted safety system. If you're not sure, call us and we can help you identify the options your vehicle may have been equipped with.

What is Re-Calibration?

Re-Calibration is the process of returning a vehicle’s ADAS to the manufacturers OEM specifications guaranteeing all the safety systems operate correctly. When damage occurs to your vehicle or you need a windshield replacement, nearly all automakers specify that these camera systems be re-calibrated. Due to the precise nature and aiming of the camera, the difference of even a few millimeters in the mounting could mean the system is off by feet at the distance it is designed to recognize and your safety could be jeopardized. The correct aiming of the camera is critical to the proper functioning of the entire ADAS system, not just the forward looking camera.


How is Re-Calibration done?

There are two basic processes for Re-Calibration. Different manufacturers require either a Static or Dynamic process be performed and for some vehicles both are required.
  • Dynamic Re-Calibration - Requires driving the vehicle at a set speed on well-marked roads to calibrate the camera system. This typically takes 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Static Re-Calibration - Requires a vehicle specific target image mounted on a fixture in front of the vehicle during the re-calibration process. This process must be done in a controlled environment with very rigid specifications. This typically takes 45 minutes to two hours.

Who is qualified to do Re-Calibrations?

Only trained technicians that have the OEM specifications and manufacturer specific re-calibration tools are qualified to re-calibrate your ADAS system. Remember, your safety is at risk if not done correctly. Unfortunately, some auto glass companies have started experimenting with aftermarket, one-size-fits-all ADAS re-calibration tools. These companies see re-calibration as another source of revenue and are not considering the tremendous liability involved or the safety ramifications for their customers. The car makers do not recommend using these aftermarket ADAS re-calibration tools and in some cases they have proprietary rights to the technology. As a result, not all vehicles can be re-calibrated with these tools and in some cases the re-calibration is not accurate. These tools come with very limited training, work on a limited number of vehicles and are designed for diagnostic technicians, not auto glass installers.

What is the BEST option?

At Best Glass we believe that auto glass installers should install auto glass and trained diagnostic technicians should re-calibrate ADAS systems. Our customer's safety is too important to view it as just another source of revenue. That's why we work closely with Arizona's most experienced re-calibration center offering cutting edge technology and expertly trained diagnostic technicians to ensure your vehicle is returned to factory OEM specifications. Able to re-calibrate any and all ADAS systems regardless of year, make or model, they provide immediate mobile service for dynamic systems and loaner cars for vehicles that require static re-calibration at their controlled environment facility. When you schedule a windshield replacement with Best Glass we will arrange an appointment for your re-calibration to take place the same day for your convenience. No need to take it to the dealership and wait all day. We'll also get authorization for payment from your insurance company and do all the paperwork for you. We value your time and work hard to make the process of windshield replacement as easy as possible.

What if I choose not to Re-Calibrate my ADAS system?

If a car's ADAS system is not re-calibrated, the system may not function properly and your safety is at risk. Remember, if the aiming of the cameras/radars/lasers on the vehicle are off by even a few millimeters readings the systems are designed to detect at a distance could be off by feet. In some cases a miss-aligned camera can actually pull you car into on-coming traffic. Because this technology is still pretty new, questions still remain as to whether vehicle warranties will be honored or insurance companies will be responsible for accidents if ADAS systems are not maintained. A properly re-calibrated ADAS system will meet the manufacturers OEM specifications and provide all the safety features your vehicle was designed for. Don't put your family at risk. Choose Best Glass for your family's safety and peace of mind.

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