ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems): what does it mean?
You have seen the ADAS acronym but you don’t know its meaning? Do you want to know more about the newest technological innovations of the car manufacturing industry?
With this article, you will have everything in your hands to understand the ADAS and how to keep it up and running to ensure its proper functioning for ever-safer driving.
ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS: WHAT ARE THEIR FUNCTIONS?
Only by looking at the title, you have already learned that ADAS stands for Advanced Driver-Assistance System. The primary function of an ADAS is to recognize a potential threat and inform the drivers to avoid dangerous situations. The system receives all the data it needs with a collection of sensors, lidars, radars, and a digital camera strategically installed behind the rearview mirror.
AVOIDING ACCIDENTS: HOW ADAS CAN HELP DRIVERS
The ADAS devices are older than you might think. To reduce accidents on the road, an important number of safety measures made their way into the automotive market singe the beginning of the year 2000. In Canada, driving errors alone are responsible for 94% of all traffic accidents. The main causes of these mistakes include distractions, impaired driving, and excess speed. As we can see, human error can come in many shapes, this is why driving as safely as possible is everyone's business!
By addressing human failures, the advanced driver assistance systems can help reduce road accidents by up to 36%. The ADAS can help increase driver’s situational awareness with visual and audio signals generated in response to the distance, speed, position, and direction of surrounding vehicles and objects.
Contrary to the popular belief, ADAS are not only integrated on higher-end car models but are also included in all lines of vehicles.
According to statistics, ADAS technologies are in service in no less than 15% of all vehicles in use in Canada since 2020.
Below is a list of the most used smart devices. Without knowing it, you probably own one!
FORWARD COLLISION WARNING (FCW)
Warns the driver of an imminent collision with an audible or visual signal.
FORWARD AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING (FAEB)
Automatically anticipates vehicle braking when an imminent collision is detected.
LANE DEPARTURE WARNING (LDW)
Emits an audible or visual signal when a trajectory deviation is detected.
LANE KEEPING ASSISTANCE (LKA)
Automatically corrects vehicle trajectory when a deviation is detected.
ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (ACC)
Keeps a safe distance with other vehicles by automatically regulating speed.
WHY THE WINDSHIELD CAMERAS ARE CRUCIAL
Digital cameras are essentials components of many of the aforementioned devices. Located on the windshield behind the rearview mirror, these digital eyes provides crucial data by analyzing surrounding object to evaluate their distance, direction, position, and speed. This information is then transmitted to the systems to better help the driver.
MAINTAINING THE ADAS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The recalibration of the cameras is necessary during a windshield replacement to meet the manufacturer’s standard. Since technical standards vary depending on the car manufacturer, only certified specialists are allowed to use the patented tools needed to perform a recalibration. You can visit our page about recalibration to learn more about this subject.
It is important to remember that malfunctions of the ADAS may occur as a consequence of inadequate maintenance. Luckily, most Canadian insurance companies are covering recalibration on a windshield replacement claim.
If your camera needs a recalibration, our service center locator will help you find the nearest service center.