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 connecting a calibration tool into the vehicles OBD port and driving the vehicle at a set speed on well-marked roads to calibrate the camera system.
  • Static Re-Calibration - Requires a vehicle specific target image mounted on a fixture in front of the vehicle's forward facing camera during the re-calibration process. This process must be done following very rigid specifications.

What is the BEST procedure?

At Best Glass we utilize the most up to date software to determine what type of re-calibration is required for your vehicle. Our state of the art equipment is designed to perform both dynamic and static re-calibrations on all makes and models. The best part is that our equipment is completely mobile, allowing us to perform the required re-calibration immediately following your windshield replacement. There's no need to come to our shop or schedule a separate appointment for re-calibration. At Best Glass, we care about your safety and your convenience.

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 or not be able to initiate stopping in time to avoid an accident. 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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