ADAS Recalibration: What Is It and Why Does Your Car Need It?

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Every year, car manufacturers innovate models and equip them with more features and technology that make driving safer. ADAS or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is the collective term for these assistive technologies.

Among the most common ADAS found in cars are:

  • Pedestrian detection/avoidance technology
  • Lane departure warning/correction
  • Blind spot detection
  • Automatic emergency braking

These systems help ensure your safety by running vision-based algorithms and supporting real-time multimedia. Additionally, they prevent injuries and death by lowering the risk of car accidents or their impact if they cannot be avoided.

Like any piece of technology, ADAS need to be recalibrated every so often so the sensors remain accurate. As such, ADAS recalibration is an automotive service that car owners need.

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The Importance of ADAS Recalibration

ADAS recalibration is the process of aligning, testing, and aiming of sensors in your vehicle that collect data so the system can perform optimally. These sensors get misaligned over time, which affects the system’s reaction time.

If you’re involved in a collision or fender bender, or if you’ve had repairs and part replacements done to your vehicle, you need ADAS recalibration. A windshield replacement, for example, will move cameras, radars, and other sensors that are typically mounted to a windshield.

These changes necessitate ADAS recalibration to realign the sensors and allow your vehicle’s ADAS to properly function.

Types of ADAS Calibration

Vehicles equipped with ADAS need different calibrations based on the technologies in their system, as well as OEM recommendations. The two types of ADAS calibration are:

Static Calibration

Most vehicles start with static ADAS calibration. It is performed in a controlled environment, when the car is stationary, and can last between one and three hours. Car technicians use an image mounted in front of the vehicle as a target point to reprogram and realign cameras and sensors.

Afterward, the vehicle will undergo a test drive to ensure that everything is aligned and the recalibration process is successful.

Dynamic Calibration

Similar to static calibration, dynamic calibration is a process that lasts between one and three hours. Unlike static calibration, though, dynamic calibration requires driving the vehicle at different speeds and conditions all while connected to a special tool that evaluates the precision of your car’s ADAS technologies.

Conditions include driving behind one or two vehicles, avoiding curved roads, and driving while maintaining designated speeds. All of these are carried out by a car technician.

Some vehicles may require just a dynamic calibration. However, it works best as the next and final step after a vehicle has already undergone static calibration.

Windshield Calibration with Ryan & Gordy’s Glass

As previously mentioned, there are usually sensors and cameras that are a part of your vehicle’s ADAS mounted onto your windshield. This is why Ryan & Gordy’s Glass places importance on ADAS recalibration after you get a windshield repair service from our team.

We provide ADAS recalibration services for clients in Hastings and Red Wing, MN, as well as surrounding areas. Our team is certified in ADAS recalibration, and the process is covered by most car insurance policies, so you don’t have anything to worry about!

We make windshield repair and replacement convenient for you with our ADAS recalibration service. Contact us today to request an appointment. 

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