Understanding What ADAS Is | Instant Windscreens
Understanding What ADAS Is

Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) were developed to improve driver safety on the road. ADAS guide drivers through a range of functions such as lighting automations, adaptive cruise control, intelligent GPS / traffic warnings, smartphone connection, lane departure warnings, and alerts to warn you of other cars. But your ADAS must be properly calibrated for it  to be fully functional and reliable. To discover more about ADAS, keep reading.

Why ADAS?

Most modern cars have been equipped with ADAS to decrease the number of road incidents that occur due to human error. Advanced driver-assistance systems are designed, through the means of advanced technologies, to provide you with essential data and information to increase driving safety for you and everyone on the road. Technological advancements in ADAS have contributed to integrated methods in safely supporting drivers to evade potential road incidents through collision alerts and innovative blind spot monitoring.

How Does ADAS Work?

Not all ADAS are the same, but most ADAS will rely on multiple inputs and data technologies such as LiDARs, image processors, computer visions, in-car networking and automotive imaging processors. Through various lines of data and information, the ADAS will intelligently guide your driving habits via the automation of certain tasks. ADAS technologies can detect obstructions on the road and automate basic tasks to enable the driver to better focus on driving. With an abundance of data available, our vehicles have the power to alert and warn us of many hazardous road conditions.

Types of ADAS

Whilst some forms of ADAS are pre-built into cars, there are also some systems that can be added on. Here are some common types of ADAS that are available in most modern cars today.

  • GPS Navigation: When was the last time you used a paper map? GPS Navigation systems are inbuilt screens that guide you to your destination via a visual map and vocal directions. Most GPS Navigation systems today will also provide you with live traffic updates so that you can navigate around areas that are busy.
  • Adaptive Light Control: This ADAS component assists drivers by automatically turning on the headlights when the natural lighting is reduced.
  • Collision Avoidance Systems: Collusion avoidance systems are powered by multiple sensors which warn you when your vehicle is critically close to another object. Collision Avoidance Systems are invaluable in warning drivers when there are unseen obstructions in your blind spots.
  • Automatic Braking: Automatic braking systems assist the driver in cases of high-speed collisions by automatically slowing down the vehicle to lessen any potential damages caused.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: If you plan on making a trip along the highway, especially if it’s a long trip, you’ll want to activate cruise control to make your journey a lot easier. With advanced cruise control systems, your vehicle will be programmed to autonomously slow down or speed up in reaction to the vehicle directly ahead of you.

ADAS Calibration

As previously mentioned, ADAS rely heavily on multiple imaging and sensor processors. To keep your ADAS reliable, it is recommended that you have your system calibrated yearly. Some ADAS technologies are mounted within the windscreen and therefore if you have any work done on your windscreen, it is recommended that you also recalibrate your ADAS. Even a 1-degree ADAS misalignment could drastically affect the dependability of your braking system. To keep your ADAS set up reliably, start a conversation with our team today.

At Instant Windscreens, we offer ADAS calibration packages to help ensure that your ADAS is set up correctly and is fully functional. Our team of ADAS experts are highly trained and hold internationally recognised qualifications to effectively determine any necessary calibration adjustments. For more information about our ADAS calibration services, please call us on 0800 288 645.

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