Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) Calibration

A driver's perspective of the steering wheel, dash and windshield while driving down the road

Cars come equipped with more adaptive technology and safety features every year. These systems are designed to keep drivers safe during moments when they lose focus or control. Some advanced driver assistance systems, like anti-lock brakes, come standard on most cars. Other systems, like adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection or park assist, are add-on features of newer model vehicles, although some of these safety features are increasingly standard on certain makes and models.

Many ADAS features rely on the windshield for example, to show a heads-up display of vehicle information like speed or lane departure warnings. Sensors and cameras also use the windshield to view surrounding obstacles. Replacing your windshield can throw off the sensors in ADAS, which can be dangerous. 

What Affects ADAS?

In addition to windshield replacements, new tires, new headlights and brake work can also throw off ADAS system calibration. If you replace a bumper or add any aftermarket vehicle accessories, calibration may be necessary. Winter or muddy driving conditions can temporarily affect these systems, as well, when debris covers sensors on bumpers, car panels or windshields. 

How to Insure Your ADAS Features Operate Correctly After Replacing Your Windshield

When replacing your windshield glass, find quality auto glass that meets AGRSS/ANSI standards. Since ADAS use cameras and sensors in very precise areas of the windshield, any misalignment can make calibration difficult or impossible.

Unfortunately, there is no DIY method to calibrate these systems. Due to the complexity of ADAS, special computers and trained technicians are required to adjust these systems. In some cases, disconnecting the negative cable on the battery (black cable) for 60 seconds may reset the car’s computer and certain ADAS features. This is just a temporary fix, however. Always seek professional help to ensure your safety features are working properly. That’s where Glass Doctor comes in.

In general, when a windshield is replaced, ADAS calibration is required. The windshield specialist may be able to do this for you, but always ask beforehand if this service is performed by the contractor. At Glass Doctor, some of our specialists are trained in ADAS calibration and skilled in selecting the right windshields and installing them in a way that advanced safety features will be ultimately unaffected by the replacement.

Professional Windshield Repair & Replacment

Glass Doctor can replace windshields and some locations can ensure the system is properly calibrated with advanced tools. With trained specialists and industry experience, Glass Doctor is your trusted source for windshield replacement. Just call 833-974-0209 or schedule an appointment online.