What Is ADAS Technology and Why Are Certified Calibration Services Important?
Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, or ADAS, are the electronic systems in a vehicle used to increase the safety of driving. When properly designed, these systems are intended to improve a driver’s ability to avoid potential dangers on the road. A few of the ADAS features include:
- Adaptive Headlights
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Blind Spot Monitors
- Forward Collision Warning
- Proximity Monitors
Now that we have established what ADAS is, why is it important to receive a certified calibration service? The quick answer is that there are many challenges associated with properly calibrating ADAS. In fact, ADAS calibrations are incredibly easy to miss because a vehicle’s sensors will vary depending on the make, model, year, and series. Needless to say, it requires a team of specialists and specific technology to restore your vehicle to working order.
Modern vehicles are becoming as complicated as computers. Therefore, if you do not properly calibrate your ADAS, the system will likely alert you at the wrong time or fail to alert you altogether. This will cause you or your vehicle to react based on false information. Some of these systems are meant to react independently, such as automated steering, accelerating, and braking. Can you imagine going down the highway and suddenly your vehicle slams on the brakes because it thinks the car in the lane next to you is actually in front of you? Properly calibrating your ADAS sensors is more important than you might think.
Lacking Proper ADAS Calibration
With the addition of ADAS in vehicles, it is essential to ensure they function to the best of their ability. Ignoring a proper calibration may seem insignificant; however, the effects can be disastrous. ADAS sensors left unaligned can cause your system to malfunction. Unfortunately, your vehicle has no idea if a sensor has been disturbed, so it will continue “working” with inaccurate sensor data. This can range from a minor shift in sensor readings to a significant safety hazard for those inside and outside the vehicle. Because some of the mounts are incredibly sensitive, it is important that you recalibrate your vehicle’s ADAS anytime your car is damaged or disturbed.
How A Good Shop™ Incorporates ADAS
A Good Shop works hand-in-hand with Certified Calibration Services (CCS) to calibrate the necessary sensors that have been thrown out of alignment due to disturbance or damage. These disturbances can include collisions, minor fender benders, or even a byproduct of typical servicing, like wheel alignment or suspension repairs. At A Good Shop, we employ certified ADAS technicians to properly calibrate the sensors on your vehicle. We want to ensure that you are confident in your vehicle’s ability to keep you safe at all times.
We also use special software that reviews the work being done to your vehicle. After review, the software generates a list of required calibrations based on what parts of the vehicle are being repaired. This ensures there is no human error when deciding what calibrations will be required by the auto body work being done.
Why Choose Us?
One of the primary benefits of choosing A Good Shop is that we can do it all for you. If your vehicle has been in a collision, the sensors must be calibrated. Even a small addition of paint thickness will create a need to adjust the sensors. So, whether it’s a fender bender or a new paint job, A Good Shop can take care of your auto body and calibration needs as a one-stop shop. Because we offer total service auto repair, we can provide full exterior and/or interior detailing as well as brake, suspension, and alignment services.
Having to take your vehicle from one shop to the next is a hassle that nobody enjoys. Most other auto body shops have to schedule a time with dealership calibrations, often many days out. When you allow A Good Shop to handle your calibration services, you give yourself the benefit of efficiency. We have technicians ready to take care of your vehicle’s calibration in under 24 hours (most take just a few hours)! One stop. One transaction. And a quicker finish. This saves you time, and time is money.
Speaking of money, did we mention we can offer you an overall better price, too? By taking your vehicle elsewhere for your calibration services, you may be subjecting yourself to brand name dealer pricing, meaning the price could change depending on the vehicle brand. Meanwhile, A Good Shop offers one set price to recalibrate your ADAS sensors, regardless of what brand vehicle you drive. No surprises. You know exactly what price you are paying when you choose A Good Shop.
How much does it usually cost to calibrate ADAS? At other shops, the cost can vary depending on the type of calibration required. At A Good Shop, we charge the same rate for each sensor calibration (blind spot calibration, front radar calibration, etc.), but your out-of-pocket cost will depend on your insurance and deductible rate. However, it is important to note that we communicate with insurance companies to make sure they are covering the required calibration. In our experience, most customers who have insurance are covered in this area.
How frequently should I get an ADAS sensor calibration? There’s not an exact time frame of when you should get an ADAS sensor calibration. However, calibration is recommended whenever the sensors are disturbed or damaged in any way. You should check with a knowledgeable source anytime you have a windshield replaced, any suspension work done, or are involved in a collision (regardless of how minor it may seem).