Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
What is ADAS?
Most modern cars are equipped with Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS).
These high-tech safety systems, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Keeping Assist are designed to save lives by alerting the driver to a hazard, or by automatically taking the necessary action to prevent a collision.
Many different Advanced Driver Assist Systems are now commonly in use by major vehicle manufacturers, and if your car is less than 5 years old, its likely to have one or more of these safety systems.
Why do I need to calibrate?
A vehicle safety system, responds to data provided by the camera, radar and other sensors, so correct operation depends on the accuracy of this data. Even a slight misalignment of the camera or radar sensor could mean the difference of avoiding an accident or not.
The vehicles camera(s) and radar sensor(s) are calibrated before the vehicle leaves the factory. However, calibration must be carried out again after many common maintenance procedures and accident repairs, Including:
Wheel alignment or axle geometry adjustment
Shock absorber or coil spring replacement
Track control arm adjustment or replacement
Steering rack adjustment or replacement
Front or rear collision repair
Simple bodywork repairs including bumper removal
It is advisable to have your vehicles camera(s) and/or radar sensor(s) checked if they haven't been calibrated in the last 3 years.