Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are an ever growing feature on modern vehicles. They operate using a wide range of technologies from cameras, to radars and lidar systems which when required can operate both independently and in fusion with other systems that help to identify and avoid potential hazards either by warning the driver, or by automatically taking over an element of the vehicle such as braking, or steering if the driver doesn’t react.
Our IMI certified technician is trained to identify ADAS system types and calibrate where necessary to the highest motor industry standards
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Similar to traditional Cruise Control, with the addition of a radar that monitors the car infront so the system can keep a fixed distance. This may include ‘Stop & Go’ or ‘Queue Assist’ functionality that can slow the car to a complete stop and start driving again once a hazard ahead has cleared.
Blind Spot Monitoring
A warning system that lets you know when another vehicle is in your blind spot. This can help prevent collisions when changing lane with many manufacturers using sensors similar to parking sensors. Because these warnings may be regular, they are non-obtrusive such as a warning light in the wing mirror or interior trim.
Front Collision Warning
FCW systems detect potential obstacles in your path and alert you with a warning. They can also support drivers by boosting the braking input to help avoid a crash, however, unlike AEB, FCW doesn’t work automatically, it needs you to take action and apply the brakes in response to the warning.
Lane Departure Warning
Most of these systems use a forward facing camera mounted inside the windscreen by the rear view mirror to identify the lane markings and seeing if they are crossed. When activated typical warnings include a flashing symbol on the dashboard display or audible alert. If the indicators are used before changing lanes, the warnings are deactivated.
When Do I Need My ADAS Calibrated?
The increase in complexity does come with additional maintenance for vehicles fitted with ADAS. The advanced systems use hardware such as radar, ultrasonic sensors, cameras or in some cases a combination, which will all require calibration after certain work or repairs have been performed. Examples of work that will require ADAS calibration include:
It is also vital that whenever ADAS is calibrated then four wheel alignment must also be checked and corrected if necessary. If the wheels aren’t aligned correctly then the vehicle will not be travelling where the electronics think it should be which could cause a fault light or even for the system to fail to operate when needed.