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Open letter from Oliver Quack regarding ADAS cameras
Hi, my name is Oliver Quack and I want to share some information and dispel some myths about front facing ADAS cameras after a windshield replacement. Everything stated below is derived directly from Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) documentation about protocols for returning a vehicle back to the required specification for proper operation and safety.
True or false? Some ADAS cameras recalibrate themselves. False. In fact - ALL windshield mounted, front facing cameras must be recalibrated after a windshield replacement. There are NO exceptions. Applies to all makes and models both foreign and domestic.
True or false? If no warning lights are present everything is fine. False. There is no warning light that will alert a driver that the camera is out of specification. The absense of a warning light does NOT indicate that everything is as it should be.
True or false? Static calibrations can be done mobile. False. No manufacturer approves attempting a static ADAS calibration in an uncontrollable or inconsistent setting such as outdoors or facilities not setup specifically for calibration purposes since static calibrations require a specifically tailored workshop environment. This approach requires the use of sensitive, specialized equipment like a CSC (Camera and Sensor Calibration) Tool. Adequate space, level surfaces, precise lighting, and lack of obstructions (distractions to the equipment). These conditions are impossible to achieve on the fly.
True or false? Some calibrations can be performed mobile. True. Dynamic ADAS is sometimes referred to as Mobile Calibration and can be performed in the field in some cases due to the fact that the calibration is performed with the aid of a hand-held unit plugged directly into the automobile. Once the unit is attached to your car, the vehicle will have to be driven at a manufacturer-prescribed speed over a set distance in optimum weather conditions. Having been exposed to this test, the system becomes accustomed to the road as it should be and is ready to react and respond to unexpected issues. As with static advanced driver assistance systems, the vehicle manufacturer will stipulate specific parameters for calibration of dynamic systems. https://rts.i-car.com/collision-repair-news/crn-1754.html
In summary, vehicle owners are relying on our industries to keep them safe and guide them with accurate information about this emerging use of technology. The learning curve is steep and more advances are being rolled out almost daily. We find that much of our time is spent keeping up with the latest updates. Correct Calibration Services is committed to strict adherence to ALL OEM guidelines. We are a one-stop shop capable of correctly addressing virtually all ADAS calibration challenges. We hope this information is useful and informative to you.