What does ADAS mean to you? How to care for your driver assistance tech

Over the last several years, Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) technology has evolved at lightning speed.

New advancements in ADAS have made cars safer, more reliable and more integrated with other technology. However, they have also added new features to cars which must be maintained just like its mechanical components.

Understanding what the ADAS systems in your car are and how they function is important to getting the most out of your vehicle. Learning when these technologies need service or maintenance will improve its effectiveness and save you money in the long-term.

What is ADAS, exactly?

The cold, hard truth is that most automobile accidents are still caused by human error. Engineers have pursued ADAS technology as a way to try and reduce the probability of those errors.

Some examples of this type of ADAS are some of the more recent innovations. Lane departure warnings and auto-correction have become commonplace among many manufacturers. Automatic braking is another system that has grown exponentially in popularity.

However, some ADAS technology helps us integrate our vehicles with the digital world. GPS units, for example, are considered ADAS technology. Your car’s Bluetooth connection is also an example of ADAS.

How ADAS helps you

The goal of any ADAS system is to make safe driving easier. Whether it’s the smartphone connection that allows you to bring up GPS maps or an advanced collision avoidance system, ADAS aims to help you get where you’re going safely.

Most ADAS systems use advanced computers that process data and send signals to other electronic components in your vehicle.

For example, collision detection systems use LiDAR technology to sense an obstruction in the path of the vehicle. Once it detects a car or other object in the way, the computer sends a signal to the electronically-controlled brakes to engage them.

Often, newer ADAS technologies do a better job of monitoring the safety of the vehicle than a human ever could. One example of this is in blind spot monitoring.

Just a few years ago checking a blind spot meant taking your eyes off the road for a second to check around you. Now, blind spot monitoring now warns you of anything close that might not be visible.

ADAS problems and how to solve them

However, the downside of all this new tech means that there’s all this new tech to worry about. To make things even trickier, many issues that arise from ADAS aren’t plainly visible like mechanical problems.

That means that even the skilled home hobbyist might find it literally impossible to fix problems with their ADAS.

It’s not just repairs, either. Your vehicle’s ADAS also needs regular calibration.

For vital systems like collision avoidance, we recommend calibrating once per year. Even a slight misalignment within systems that control your brakes or your steering could have disastrous consequences.

StrutDaddy’s maintains a state-of-the-art shop with all of the latest ADAS calibration and repair technology. Our technicians are all ASE Certified. That means that they are required to stay up-to-date on all the latest advances in ADAS and other automotive tech.

Just as we do our mechanical services, StrutDaddy’s guarantees all work on your ADAS. Everything from software updates to adaptive cruise control calibration is guaranteed to work perfectly, or we’ll fix it for free.

High-quality ADAS testing and calibration are just one of the many premium services we offer at StrutDaddy’s. Schedule your next test or service using our handy online service request form or by calling us at (336) 599-4911.

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