ADAS Calibration Services
When we replace your windscreen, we also provide ADAS calibration services to ensure your vehicle’s safety systems are working as intended.
Designed to increase vehicle safety and improve driver comfort, the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) featuring in modern vehicles include enhanced vehicle technologies which rely on cameras and sensors mounted in the windscreen. This means that windscreen replacements are becoming slightly more complex and special ADAS calibration procedures must be followed to ensure that the new technology is recalibrated correctly.
ADAS windscreen calibration
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems include a wide range of safety features for vehicles such as emergency braking systems, adaptive cruise control, automatic parking, collision avoidance, etc.
When a windscreen featuring ADAS is replaced, there is danger of misalignment due to the sensitivity of the onboard sensors and this can have a significant impact on how well the saftey systems work. The ADAS sensors and cameras are critical to the vehicle’s safety systems, so ADAS windscreen calibration is always required after the windscreen has been replaced.
ADAS technology is continuously improving and becoming more complex, which means it is vital that expert technicians with ADAS calibration equipment handle all windscreen repairs. Our technicians have been fully trained to provide expert ADAS windscreen camera calibration.
What is windscreen calibration?
ADAS systems work through a camera sensor fitted to the windscreen, under the rear view mirror. The sensor relays important information about the conditions of the road ahead to the ADAS system so it knows when to activate automated safety features.
Windscreen calibration is the process of adjusting and realigning the parameters of the windscreen mounted cameras and sensors, ensuring your car is set up correctly for the ADAS safety features to work properly.
Dynamic vs Static calibration – What’s the difference?
ADAS or Advanced Driver Assistance System, is a wide-reaching term that covers the wealth of technological enhancements present in most modern vehicles. ADAS improvements have become increasingly commonplace in modern windscreens and across the car glass industry as a whole. As technology continues to improve, the systems now incorporate radar, lidar, cameras, computer imaging, sensors, networking, and a wealth of other properties and components.
Confused by the distinctions between Dynamic and Static advanced driver assistance systems? Feel a little out of your depth with all the jargon? Not to worry! We’re on hand to cut through the confusion, explain the difference between dynamic and static, and guide you through your next calibration.
So, let’s start with the basics. When discussing advanced driver assistance systems, you will encounter two distinct branches of the technology; static and dynamic. What distinguishes static from dynamic, is the way the systems are calibrated.
Static ADAS calibration
Static ADAS refers to technological features that can be calibrated in a specifically tailored workshop environment, without having to drive the car in question. This approach, unsurprisingly, requires the use of sensitive, specialist equipment like a CSC (Camera and Sensor Calibration) Tool.
Dynamic ADAS calibration (Mobile ADAS Calibration)
Sometimes referred to as Mobile ADAS Calibration, Dynamic ADAS calibration relates to the fact that the calibration is performed with the aid of a hand-held unit plugged directly into the automobile. Then, once the unit is attached to your car, the vehicle will have to be driven at a manufacturer-prescribed speed over a set distance in optimum weather conditions. Having been exposed to this test, the system becomes accustomed to the road as it should be and is ready to react and respond to unexpected issues. As with static advanced driver assistance systems, the vehicle manufacturer will stipulate specific parameters for calibration of dynamic systems.
Why is ADAS calibration needed after a windscreen replacement?
In order to replace a windscreen the ADAS camera sensors need to be disconnected. This means that once the glass is refitted and the system reconnected, the camera alignment could be compromised if there is a difference of just a couple of millimetres.
Every car is different, so we need to carry out the front camera calibration to accurately realign the camera sensors to the manufacturer’s unique calibration settings. If it isn’t done correctly, it could have a significant impact on the functionality of the vehicle’s safety features, which could be the difference between avoiding an accident or not.
Does my car need ADAS windscreen calibration?
ADAS technology features in the windscreen of many modern vehicles. If your car has features such as adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, automatic parking and collision avoidance, for example, then ADAS windscreen calibration is necessary.
A misaligned camera sensor will affect the ADAS features, jeopardising the functionality of the system and could lead to dangerous situations – it is crucial that the ADAS sensors are aligned perfectly.
When is ADAS recalibration required?
You may need to have the ADAS system recalibrated if there is a chance that the camera’s view has been slightly altered. Vehicle manufacturers recommend that ADAS recalibration is carried out in the following circumstances:
- After a windscreen replacement
- If the ADAS camera has been disconnected
- If the camera develops a fault
- Change of wheel alignment
- Change of suspension
ADAS recalibration service
With our ADAS recalibration service, your vehicle will remain safe to use. You can rely on the fact that we are using the leading calibration technology available providing the widest possible coverage of all vehicle makes and models.
Our dedicated team of highly trained technicians will carry out the ADAS recalibration procedure safely and efficiently and you will receive a certificate to show the work has been completed to the individual manufacturer’s specification.
How much does ADAS calibration cost?
ADAS windscreen calibration costs from £150, depending on vehicle.
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