If you own a late-model vehicle that isn’t a bare-bones basic edition, there’s a good chance your ride came equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, also known as ADAS. These features, which are designed to keep you safe on the road, rely on a variety of sensors to function according to their design.


Some of those sensors are located in the windshield, and they must be properly calibrated for the entire system to work properly. If you need windshield repairs at any point or even a full windshield replacement, re-calibration of the ADAS system is critical.


Read on to learn what you should know about getting windshield repairs when you own a vehicle that’s equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.  


ADAS: What It Is & Why Proper Calibration Is Critical

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are automated vehicle assistance features that function to increase drivers’ safety on the road. These systems vary from vehicle to vehicle but some of the most common ones include:


●        Auto-on headlights

●        Adaptive cruise control

●        Automatic emergency braking

●        Blindspot warning

●        Lane departure warning

●        GPS and navigation

●        Forward collision warning

●        Backup cameras


Because these features rely on a number of sensors, cameras, radars, and other computerized systems, everything must be properly calibrated to function correctly. When you get windshield repairs, a windshield replacement, or any other form of auto glass repair, the work can shift the sensors out of place.


To ensure your ADAS features operate properly, the affected components of the system must be recalibrated when the repairs are finished.


Auto Glass Repairs Aren’t the Only Thing That Disrupts ADAS Calibration

Even if you’ve never had a windshield replacement or any other form of auto glass repairs, other instances can disrupt the functioning of your ADAS features. Fender benders, new tire installation, bumper replacement, and some types of vehicle maintenance work can also shift critical sensors out of place. If that happens, you’ll have to visit an auto glass repair shop that specializes in ADAS calibration to get the system re-calibrated.


Static vs. Dynamic ADAS Calibration

The type of vehicle you have will determine whether it requires static or dynamic ADAS calibration. Some manufacturers require both. When you visit an auto glass repair shop to have the service performed, the technicians will let you know what type of calibration your vehicle manufacturer requires and how long the process will take.


Static calibration is performed in shop as the process requires a highly controlled environment and specialty equipment. Dynamic calibration is done on the road using portable equipment and requires driving at a specific speed for a prescribed amount of time. Both calibration techniques typically require an hour or more, so plan for that if you know you’ll need calibration as part of your windshield repair.


Centennial Glass: Your ADAS Calibration Experts in the Twin Cities

If your ADAS-equipped vehicle needs windshield repairs or a full windshield replacement, come see our team at Centennial Glass! We specialize in both static and dynamic ADAS calibration to ensure we’re able to service all types of vehicles, and we’ve proudly served Blaine, MN and the surrounding Minneapolis/St. Paul metro for over 25 years. We’re also approved by all major insurance companies and offer cash discounts, so don’t forget to ask!


To schedule a service appointment or learn more about how we can help you, give us a call today at 651-653-1777, request a quote, or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch!