Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are designed to minimize the human error that can result during the operation of a vehicle and therefore increase car and road safety. These systems rely on sensors mounted on the windshield that should only be adjusted and recalibrated by auto glass specialists, like the experts at Capital Auto Glass & Upholstery. Keep reading to learn more about why ADAS promises to be the future of driving.
What is ADAS?
ADAS involves a range of features that work together to enhance vehicle safety by alerting the driver to potential problems and helping them to avoid collisions. Some of these features include adaptive cruise control, hands-free smartphone dialling and automatic emergency braking.
In general, ADAS features can be divided into four categories:
- Adaptive. Features that change based on input from the surrounding environment, such as adjusting the vehicle’s speed to keep a safe distance from nearby cars.
- Automated. Systems that take over and perform certain functions for the driver, for instance, automatic braking in emergency situations and steering the car back into the correct lane.
- Monitoring. Systems that use sensors or cameras to survey the area around the vehicle and keep track of vehicle processes to make sure there are no potential safety issues.
- Warning. Features that alert the driver to problems with their driving or from outside the vehicle that could affect the safety of those inside the car and on the road.
Most new cars are equipped with these systems, and it’s believed that by 2020, one in four vehicles on the road will come with ADAS.
How do drivers benefit from ADAS?
Most accidents on the road are caused by human error. By automating parts of the driving process and enhancing the safety of the vehicle in other ways, ADAS helps make everyone on the road safer. In addition to helping drivers avoid collisions, ADAS systems give valuable driving feedback, offer parking assistance, integrate GPS and traffic data and provide guidance when visibility is poor.
The sensors needed for ADAS are typically mounted on the windshield of your car. Because these sensors—equipped with cameras, ultrasonic and radar—are very delicate, they should only be handled by professionals familiar with advanced driver assistance features. If your vehicle has ADAS and needs its windshield repaired or replaced, it’s important to have qualified experts do the work as the sensors will also need to be reinstalled and recalibrated. Our team at Capital Auto Glass & Upholstery has experience with ADAS recalibration.
To learn more about ADAS and windshield-mounted sensors, get in touch with Capital Auto Glass & Upholstery. We have locations in Victoria, Sidney and Courtenay and service cars from all over Vancouver Island. To make an appointment, contact us today.