When Cars (Can’t) Fly: The Importance of ADAS Technology and Calibration

Today’s vehicles have much more subtle but no less impressive technology than the flying cars our forefathers assumed we’d have. While on the surface Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technology certainly doesn’t seem as “cool” as George Jetson’s airborne vehicle, many auto glass technicians are learning its intricacies.

Greg Peeters, the founder and CEO of Car ADAS Solutions, joined host Cole Strandberg on his podcast “The Collison Vision” to discuss the importance of ADAS and how Peeters expects the technology to develop. Though Strandberg’s podcast is focused on the collision repair industry, his discussion of ADAS technology with Peeters also applies to those in the auto glass industry performing ADAS calibrations after windshield services.

“ADAS is a system of sensors processing information, or sending information to something that will process it, to hopefully avoid an accident or greatly reduce it,” Peeters said.

Because it is a safety feature, understanding and correctly calibrating ADAS technology is much more important than many people realize, according to Peeters.

“The accuracy with which these sensors are calibrated is really life and death,” he said.

Though creating the optimal environment for accurate calibrations can be tricky, Peeters emphasized that shops shouldn’t sacrifice safety due to difficulty.

“The ‘choice’ of repairing a car correctly should never be a choice,” he said.

Peeters said that the environment for recalibration needs to conform to original equipment manufacturer standards for a reason.

“There are some pretty smart engineers that develop these procedures, and they know exactly how that affects their safety systems performing as they were engineered to perform and saving people’s lives,” he said.

Peeters believes proper technician training and certification are critical to ADAS calibration.

“You can’t learn on the job when you’re calibrating somebody’s safety systems that protect lives,” he said. “You have to have that knowledge base built in before you start touching people’s safety systems.”

Though ADAS is already common, Peeters said the technological advancement has only just begun. It’s no flying car, but current ADAS technology could be on its way to giving us an autonomous vehicle, according to Peeters.

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