ADAS Camera Calibration service

ADAS stands for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems. This clever technology is designed to improve vehicle safety and help the driver in the driving process. By using a combination of sensors and software, ADAS can detect certain situations, assist in controlling the vehicle, offer crucial information, or reduce the severity of an accident if it occurs. But for ADAS to work right, they need proper tuning, which we call calibration.

Here are a few things ADAS do for you:

  • Collision Avoidance
  • Lane Departure Warnings
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Park Assist and Automated Parking

How ADAS Works

To make its safety features work, ADAS uses several types of sensors:

  • Cameras: They act as the car’s eyes, helping it see and recognise things around it.
  • Radar: This sensor measures how far away objects are and their speed.
  • Lidar: Uses lasers to create a detailed map of the car’s surroundings.
  • Ultrasonic Sensors: Mainly used for parking, these detect objects really close to your car.

What is ADAS Calibration?

In simple terms, ADAS calibration is the process of adjusting the electronic components of your car, such as cameras and sensors, to ensure they’re precisely aligned with the vehicle’s geometrical and operational design. 

These systems can include everything from automatic emergency braking to lane-keeping assistance. Getting this calibration spot-on means your car not only understands the world around it but can also react to it in a way that keeps you safe. 

Factors Influencing Calibration Time

Calibrating your car’s ADAS system can take different amounts of time depending on a few things:

  1. System complexity: The more sensors and cameras your car has, the longer it might take to adjust everything.
  2. Car make and model: Each car is unique. Some are easy and quick to work with; others are a bit more complicated.
  3. Calibration type: Some systems can be calibrated while the car is parked (that’s called static calibration). Others need a road test (dynamic calibration).
  4. Equipment quality: Good, modern tools can make the calibration quicker and smoother.

We’ll get into more detail on how long it might take for your specific car to have its ADAS system tuned up just right.

Average Time for ADAS Calibration

On average, you can expect anywhere between 1 to 3 hours for a professional ADAS calibration, although some complex cases may take longer.

For instance, camera-based systems—those assisting with lane departure warnings or forward-collision warnings—can often be calibrated more swiftly. On the other hand, sensor-based systems, like parking assistance or blind-spot detection, may require a bit more time for them to perform at their best.

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ADAS Calibration service

How Much Does ADAS Calibration Cost?

Just as the time required for ADAS calibration can vary, so too can the cost. Multiple elements come into play, shaping the price you can expect to pay for this essential service:

  • Vehicle Make & Model: The specifics of your vehicle can significantly influence the price. Luxury vehicles or those sporting more complex ADAS will have higher calibration costs.
  • Type of ADAS System: The calibration cost can also depend on the type of the system. For instance, calibrating a forward-facing camera might be cheaper than dealing with a 360-degree camera system or radar sensors.
  • Type of Calibration Required: Dynamic calibration might cost more than static calibration owing to the additional resources involved, like the need for a road test under varying conditions.
  • Technician Expertise and Equipment: A specialised ADAS technician using high-quality, manufacturer-approved tools can charge more for their services than less-experienced technicians with cheaper tools.

The Risks of Cutting Corners in ADAS Calibration

Attempting to rush ADAS calibration can result in serious consequences, with the main risk being compromised vehicle safety. Improper calibration means that ADAS, designed as your digital co-pilot, may misinterpret road conditions or obstacles, leading to false alarms or, worse, not functioning when needed most.

An inaccurately calibrated system can affect the vehicle’s insurance coverage and warranty. Insurance firms may not cover incidents involving ADAS if they find the systems weren’t calibrated according to manufacturer standards. Similarly, warranties might be voided, leaving owners out of pocket for repairs that otherwise would have been covered.

Lastly, legal repercussions cannot be ignored. In the unfortunate event of an accident where ADAS failure is a contributing factor, the liability could extend to those who performed the calibration if due diligence wasn’t followed.

To Recap: ADAS calibration typically takes 1 to 3 hours, depending on the vehicle’s make, model, system complexity, and the calibration type required. Ensuring precise calibration is crucial for vehicle safety and helps maintain warranty and insurance validity. Costs can vary, reflecting the vehicle’s intricacies and technician expertise. 

Book Your ADAS Windscreen Camera Calibration

For specialist windscreen camera calibration services, contact Advanced Auto Glazing. We offer expert camera calibration services for vehicles with ADAS systems. Our experienced technicians ensure your vehicle’s safety features work correctly after windscreen replacement or repair. For pricing and appointments, contact us at 01206 50 49 50 or visit our website. 

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