Enjoy A Better ADAS Driving Experience
To understand if the calibration of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems(ADAS) is needed, first, we need to know what ADAS are. ADAS is an automated technology consisting of sensors and cameras to assist the driver while driving, parking or starting. It has been proven that most accidents occur due to human error. The sensors and cameras in vehicles ten years old or newer help avoid what might otherwise seem like unavoidable accidents.
The Advanced Driver Assistance System – components list:
- Park assist;
- Surround view;
- Cross traffic alert;
- Adaptive cruise control;
- Blind spot detection;
- Rear collision assist;
- Traffic sign recognition;
- Lane departure warning system.
The ADAS features of your car can be impacted when you take your car in for routine maintenance, which is why calibration is a crucial step in the modern car repair and maintenance process.
To Book ADAS Calibration Service
Have You Had Any Of The Following Repairs?
Your ADAS Will Need Calibrating
Repairing or replacing the suspension
New bumper fitted
Fixing wheel alignment
It has become a requirement that it is done after any such repairs.
When To Get ADAS Calibration
The importance of the calibration cannot be emphasised enough. Aside from the reasons listed, that can cause immediate misalignment, when calibration is a must and not an option. There are other factors, that can impact the alignment of the sensors, some of which cause misalignment immediately and others may cause it through general use of the car over time that could affect the ADAS system or just some of the components. Some of these factors could be: driving on uneven roads, or hitting curbs.
Did You Know?
Having your vehicle equipped with autonomous systems means peace of mind while driving. But this is not the case for all makes and models, as there are six levels of autonomous systems according to The Classification with six levels, published by SAE International – an automotive standardisation body:
- Level 0. The system issues warnings but has no vehicle control;
- Level 1 or “hands-on”. Autonomous system and driver share the control of the vehicle. The vehicle is equipped with Cruise Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Parking Assistance, and Lane Keeping Assistance. At this level, the driver needs to be ready to retake control fully of the vehicle;
- Level 2 or “hands-off”. At this stage, the system can take full control of the vehicle for accelerating, braking and steering. Still, the driver must be prepared to intervene immediately if the system fails to respond promptly. The “hands-off” is NOT meant to be taken literally, as “hands-on” the wheel is still mandatory on this level as a precautionary measure to ensure that the driver can intervene when necessary. Cameras may monitor the driver’s eyes to confirm that the driver remains focused and pays attention to the traffic;
- Level 3 or “eyes off”. From this level on, things get better but still is conditional automation, as some driver involvement is still required. At this stage, the driver can take his hands off the wheel, turn his attention away from the traffic, use the phone, and watch a movie. Given that it is not fully automated, the driver still needs to be able to regain full control of the vehicle within a limited time when called upon by the vehicle, as the system will alert the driver when it is time to do so;
- Level 4 or “mind off”. This level goes one step further from level 3, where no attention from the driver is ever required. However, self-driving is supported only under certain circumstances or in limited spatial areas. Beyond the circumstances and the limited areas, if the driver does not take over the vehicle when alerted, the car needs to be able to abort the trip, slow down and safely park the car.
- Level 5 or “steering wheel optional”. On this level, no human interaction is ever required.
More info about ADAS can be found on our article WHAT ARE THE ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS – ADAS?
When ADAS calibration is needed
Regardless of the autonomous system level you have fitted with your vehicle, every autonomous system level requires recalibration whether because enough time has passed from the last calibration or because work was done on the car. With time and depending on the road condition, the ADAS systems will decalibrate putting one’s own safety and others at risk. The same danger exists when driving a vehicle that was in an accident or had repairs done and did not recalibrate the ADAS systems.
Examples of work that would automatically require a system calibration:
- A sensor and its bracket has been removed and replaced;
- Change in the size of the tire;
- Suspension work;
- Deployed airbag and deflected off the windshield;
- Repairs made on a car roof that has a sensor bracket mounted to it.
Other examples that would require recalibration:
– hitting the curb or driving over potholes repeatedly.
O.G.S. MECHANICS IS FULLY EQUIPPED FOR VEHICLE ADAS CALIBRATION
Windscreen replacement, accident repair carried out, ADAS sensor replacements or even a minor wheel alignment will require ADAS calibration. Our dedicated ADAS trained engineers are here to assist and recalibrate any system.