Modern vehicles come equipped with features designed to help drivers safely navigate. Such features may inform drivers about traffic conditions, road closures or blockages, congestion levels or recommended routes to take to avoid these issues, etc.
However, some drivers tend to rely too heavily on ADAS systems, increasing their risk of accidents. Therefore, it is crucial that drivers understand how these systems function so they can use them appropriately.
At the core of most ADAS systems is a network of sensors that use input from their surrounding environment to detect and measure essential data. Together they work to provide safety alerts such as collision warning, rear-cross traffic detection, lane departure warnings, high and low beam activation alerts, blind spot monitoring systems, night vision camera systems and 360-degree camera systems – providing all sorts of safety alerts including collision, rear-cross traffic detection, lane departure warnings and many others.
These sensors may be installed in both the front and rear of a vehicle, or within body components such as windshields and side mirror assemblies. Two popular ADAS features are forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB).
FCW employs visual, audible and other alerts to warn drivers of vehicles or pedestrians in their path; AEB stops the car if no action are taken by its driver to prevent frontal and rear collision accidents; this technology prevents both front- and rear-collision accidents and significantly lessens their severity in most incidents. While FCW and AEB won’t prevent all collisions entirely, their use can significantly lessen many incidents’ impacts and help decrease accident severity levels overall.
Every five seconds in the United States, a car accident takes place due to human error. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have proven effective at decreasing these numbers by helping drivers overcome physical restrictions or bad driving habits; however, these features depend on sensors to work correctly.
Sensors must be calibrated after structural repairs such as windshield replacement or wheel alignments for optimal functioning. Even minor miscalibration could cause cameras and radar systems to misread distances or misinterpret vehicle behavior, placing drivers in danger.
As the demand for ADAS systems increases, shops must ensure they have calibration technology available that can quickly and accurately calibrate these systems after any collision repair or service repair. Relying solely on tape measures or plumb bobs can lead to costly mistakes; even just one millimeter off can put drivers in harm’s way, so shops must prioritize investing in accurate ADAS calibration equipment.
These systems aim to reduce human error, as it accounts for most road accidents. By warning drivers about blind spots or keeping drowsy drivers awake and focused, these systems help ensure everyone remains safe while simultaneously decreasing insurance claims.
For optimal performance, these sensitive sensors must be precisely aligned and aimed. Any damage or calibration errors, even minor ones, could wreak havoc with the system and lead to collisions.
Body shops must possess the tools and training to calibrate ADAS after repairs have been performed, particularly systems such as rearview cameras that have become mandated on vehicles. Faulty rearview cameras can lead to costly backover accidents for vehicle owners if not calibrated properly, which are among the most deadly car accidents possible.
Now that ADAS features are becoming standard in vehicles, more drivers than ever are turning to them for help. Drivers utilize them for multiple reasons including increasing safety, comfort and efficiency while personalizing driving experiences.
However, if these systems aren’t calibrated properly they could stop working as intended. A slight misalignment between camera, sensor or radar systems could trigger catastrophic crashes.
Body shops will find it beneficial that ADAS calibration procedures can often mirror other collision repair tasks, like fixing a cracked windshield or installing a radiator or HVAC condenser. By including these calibration processes in your service offerings, you can help ensure these crucial systems are functioning as they should on the road – improving driver safety while simultaneously activating features like lane keep assist or autonomous features they love – saving both you and your customer’s money in the long run. Investing now could save both parties money in the future.
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