What is ADAS?
An advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) includes technologies that assist drivers with the safe operation of a vehicle. Through a human-machine interface, ADAS increases car and road safety. ADAS uses automated technology, such as sensors and cameras, to detect nearby obstacles or driver errors, and respond accordingly. ADAS can enable various levels of autonomous driving.
As most road crashes occur due to human error, ADAS are developed to automate, adapt, and enhance vehicle technology for safety and better driving. ADAS are proven to reduce road fatalities by minimizing human error. Safety features are designed to avoid crashes and collisions by offering technologies that alert the driver to problems, implementing safeguards, and taking control of the vehicle if necessary.
Examples of ADAS
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) / Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control (PACC)
Adaptive cruise control uses either Radar, Lidar or a camera to allow the vehicle to keep a predefined distance from the vehicle infront. As the leading vehicle slows, the vehicle following slows. As the leading vehicle accelerates, the vehicle following accelerates up to the maximum speed that has been selected by the driver. Predictive systems use a combination of navigation data and a camera in the windscreen to slow the vehicle for bends/junctions, and to automatically adjust the speed limit of the vehicle.
Lane keeping assist / Adaptive lane guidance
Uses a camera in the windscreen to detect road markings, and then assists the driving in keeping within the markings. Adaptive systems attempt to keep the vehicle central within the markings.
Traffic sign recognition
Uses a combination of navigation data and data from a camera in the windscreen to display the correct road information to the driver.
High beam assist
Uses a camera in the windscreen to automatically enable/disable the high beam, to assist in safe driving and prevent oncoming vehicles from being dazzled.
Blind spot assist / Rear cross traffic alert
Works by using radars or cameras in the rear of the vehicle to alert the driver to vehicles in their blind spot whilst driving or reversing from parking spaces/ roads.
Intelligent parking assist
Works by using ultrasonic sensors and/or cameras around the vehicle to allow it to assist the driver whilst parking, or even park completely autonomously.
Works by using radars or cameras placed in the front of the vehicle to warn the driver of approaching vehicles from side roads/junctions
Why would my car need an ADAS calibration?
It's important to ensure that ADAS systems can perform safely. If your vehicle has been involved in a collision, or has had a windscreen replacement (or the replacement of any ADAS sensors) it is crucial that a calibration/adjustment is carried out to a high standard.
On some vehicles, poor design/material selection from the manufacturer can result in the failure of mounting hardware due to corrosion/ aging materials turning brittle and cracking. Following the replacement of the mounting hardware, a calibration/adjustment of the system is essential
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