Sensor Calibration in Vancouver, WA
Many vehicles on the road today are equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). These systems are the first step toward the future of autonomous driving. While ADAS are meant to keep you and others on the road safe, if they are not calibrated or calibrated incorrectly, these systems may operate in unintended ways, This is why the manufacturers require the cameras and sensors are calibrated after certain repairs, like a windshield replacement or auto body repair.
Some of the more common ones include:
- Forward collision warning
- Automatic emergency braking
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane departure warning
- Lane keeping assist
- Blind spot monitoring
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Parking assist/self-parking
- Adaptive headlights that steer with the vehicle
- Automatic headlight high-beam activation and dimming
What is ADAS Sensor Calibration?
According to AAA, “an ADAS calibration is a process carried out to correctly align the cameras and sensors of a car so that its ADAS system can work as intended.” ADAS calibration requires unique equipment and tools with technicians who are specifically trained to properly know how to perform calibration. Every single safety sensor is precisely placed on your car to perform their designated safety functions so they must remain in the proper position in order to perform. If the position of these cameras or sensors is altered in any way, calibration will be required. In fact, “…a sensor on the car that is out of alignment by a fraction of an inch or even one degree will be aimed at an area significantly off-axis 50 or more feet down the road.”
In other words, if one of these sensors are even a tiny bit misaligned, it could result in them focusing 50 feet away and they won’t be able to protect you or your car. Even a simple fender bender can put you at serious risk for being in another accident. You want to be sure you take your vehicle to a body shop that knows the importance of ADAS calibration and employs technicians who are trained properly to handle the equipment.
Failure to properly calibrate a sensor can be a safety hazard and cause the following:
- Increased steering effort
- Steering wheel vibration
- Vehicle steering pull
- Diagnostic trouble codes, commonly known as “DTC,” stored in the vehicle’s computer system.
ADAS Sensor Calibration Near Me
We know that an ADAS calibration means your safety and protecting the value of your car. Our highly trained technicians have the specialized knowledge to perform an ADAS calibration to ensure you and your passengers will continue to be protected. While the calibration line item(s) may appear expensive on your estimate, we will always advocate that your car receives them.
Here at Dick Hannah Vancouver Auto Body, we are Vancouver’s premier choice for collision repair because we know what it means to repair your car the right way. Too many body shops, will jump right on a repair based on a photo estimate, neglecting necessary steps to do a completely safe repair. Your safety is our utmost concern and that is why we have been rated one of the top Body Shop‘s in Vancouver, WA.
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