Professional ADAS Calibration Services in Timonium, MD
Full-Service Calibration Experts at Hillen
At Hillen Tire and Auto Service Tire Pros in Timonium, MD, we are committed to keeping your vehicle running safely and smoothly. From tire sales to complete auto maintenance and repairs, we have you covered. We also offer service for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – a technology that is becoming increasingly common in modern vehicles.
What Are Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)?
ADAS are designed to improve the safety of driving by reducing the likelihood of accidents caused by human error. These systems typically use sensors to gather information about the vehicle’s surroundings and provide safety warnings or take temporary control of the vehicle’s braking or steering to avoid a collision. Examples of ADAS systems include blind spot monitoring, navigation systems, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.
Different Types of ADAS Calibration
Proper calibration is key to the accuracy and effectiveness of ADAS systems. Calibration involves aligning and aiming the sensors used by ADAS to ensure that they are accurately collecting data and providing the correct safety warnings or assistance. There are two main types of ADAS calibration: static and dynamic.
Static ADAS calibration — This involves aligning and aiming the sensors while the vehicle is stationary, using specialized equipment such as an ADAS scan tool, alignment rack, ADAS calibration tool, aiming targets, and measuring devices. Some ADAS systems may require manual adjustments during the static calibration process, while others rely on electronic adjustments made by the ADAS module itself.
Dynamic ADAS calibration — This involves calibrating the sensors while the vehicle is in motion, typically by driving the vehicle under specific conditions while connected to an ADAS scan tool. Dynamic calibration may require two technicians, with one driving the vehicle and the other operating the scan tool.
Examples of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
There are several types of ADAS sensors that may require calibration, including steering angle sensors, front-facing camera sensors, forward radar sensors, and rear radar sensors.
- Steering angle sensors — Provide information on the direction that the steering wheel is being turned and are used in systems such as adaptive headlights, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist. These sensors may need to be calibrated after events such as wheel alignment, steering or suspension repair, structural repair, or airbag deployment.
- Front-facing camera sensors — Typically mounted on the inside of the windshield, they detect cars, pedestrians, and obstructions in the vehicle’s forward view. These sensors are used in systems such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning. Front-facing camera sensors may need to be calibrated after events such as airbag deployment, windshield replacement, vehicle alignment, or any collision repair work that causes more than cosmetic panel distortion.
- Forward radar sensors — Detect objects and obstacles in front of the vehicle and are used in systems such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. These sensors may need to be calibrated after events such as collision repair work, bumper replacement, or grille or bumper cover replacement.
- Rear radar sensors — Detect objects and obstacles behind the vehicle and are used in systems such as rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking assist. Similar to forward radar sensors, these sensors also may need to be calibrated after events such as collision repair work, bumper replacement, or grille or bumper cover replacement.
Contact Us for Expert ADAS Calibration
Don’t let faulty ADAS sensors compromise your safety on the road. Trust the experts at Hillen Tire and Auto Service Tire Pros in Timonium, MD to accurately calibrate and maintain your advanced driver assistance systems. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start driving with confidence!