What is ADAS Calibration:
Our Guide to Understanding the ADAS in Your Car!
So, What is ADAS Calibration? Firstly, we must understand Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS. These are a group of safety systems within your car that are designed to automate and enhance the driver’s awareness of any potential problems around their car. This is especially important to help the driver to avoid any issues or collisions from poor visibility around the immediate vicinity of the car.
So, What Actually Are ADAS Systems?
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems use a series of radars, infrared sensors, and camera-based sensors. These sensors are positioned outside the vehicle on the front, back, and sides of the vehicle to capture images of the road, various street signs, pedestrians, other vehicles, or other obstacles. Each of the ADAS systems is designed to reduce the possibility or severity of an accident in your car.
Most ADAS features are designed to warn the driver when a possibility of an accident is detected or to take automatic corrective action to this detection.
It is important to bear in mind that the types of systems installed, the way they are operated, the safety features available, and how user-friendly they are will vary between manufacturers and models of your vehicle.
Common ADAS Features
What features are you likely to find, what are their unique traits, and how do they benefit you?
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- The way the system operates can vary, it could be radar-based or camera-based.
- This is designed to prevent your car from colliding with the vehicle driving in front of you by keeping a safe distance between you and them.
- Adaptive Headlights
- Adaptive headlights are a feature that aims to improve your visibility in low-light conditions.
- It will take cues from the way you use the steering wheel, estimate available light using cameras and tries to ensure that your path is adequately lit to keep you safe at night.
- Autonomous Emergency Breaking
- This uses lidar (light detection and ranging) technology, radar, or cameras to anticipate possible collisions.
- In situations of potential imminent danger, it will automatically apply the brakes to slow down your car. This helps prevent the accident or at the very least to lessen the impact of a collision.
- Blind-spot Assist
- Here, radar sensors alert you when a vehicle is in your blind spot.
- This is designed to reduce the chances of any lane change accidents.
- Lane Assist
- This is a camera-based system that will alert you to know if you have strayed out of your lane.
- It warns you either by an audible alarm or a vibration in the steering wheel.
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- This is a camera-based feature that reduces your chances of missing a traffic sign whilst driving.
- It displays an alert on the dashboard whenever a road sign is detected to ensure that you have adequate time to react to it.
- Pedestrian Alert & Collision Avoidance
- Improves safety by acting if there is a possibility of your vehicle hitting a pedestrian.
- Rear Collision Warning
- This feature aims to help you to avoid being hit by a vehicle from behind.
- Parking Assistance
- This helps you to park accurately without bumping into neighbouring vehicles or objects, consequently causing damage or injury.
- Night Vision Assistance
- Here, a thermal imaging camera is positioned at the front of your vehicle. As a far infrared system (FIR), the camera will react to any heat radiated by objects in a recorded scene. The internal computer then transforms the information from the camera into black-and-white images and can display them on your central display located between the instruments.
What is ADAS Calibration?
Due to the complex nature of ADAS systems, they require frequent specialist attention to correctly adjust different aspects of the vehicle. These can include:
- The wheel alignment/geometry checks.
- Any suspension or steering replacements.
- Or any damage that occurred due to an accident which involves any repair.
The ADAS cameras, infrared and radars are very delicate and must be calibrated to the utmost precision to function properly.
Can Central Audi Perform My ADAS Calibration?
At Central Audi VW, we are equipped with the Volkswagen Group’s diagnostic systems. This includes VAS 6430, VW’s state-of-the-art camera and radar calibration technology. We can utilise this technology to align the ADAS systems on your vehicle to match the manufacturer’s exact specifications.
In addition to this, we can perform all the work required to replace, code, and calibrate your ACC radar and front assist cameras. Due to our relationship with Volkswagen, we have an online connection to the VW servers. This means that we are authorised to provide security-related enabling component protection, adaptation, and parameterisation services for the ADAS systems.
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Hopefully, we have thoroughly explained what is ADAS calibration?!
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