Dynamic vs Static ADAS – what’s the difference?

19 Oct 2018

| 3:18 pm

ADAS or Advanced Driver Assistance System, is a wide-reaching term that covers the wealth of technological enhancements present in most modern vehicles. ADAS improvements have become increasingly commonplace in modern windscreens and across the car glass industry as a whole. As technology continues to improve, the systems now incorporate radar, lidar, cameras, computer imaging, sensors, networking, and a wealth of other properties and components.

Confused by the distinctions between Dynamic and Static advanced driver assistance systems? Feel a little out of your depth with all the jargon? Not to worry! We’re on hand to cut through the confusion, explain the difference between dynamic and static, and guide you through your next calibration.

So, let’s start with the basics. When discussing advanced driver assistance systems, you will encounter two distinct branches of the technology; static and dynamic. What distinguishes static from dynamic, is the way the systems are calibrated.

Static ADAS calibration

Static ADAS refers to technological features that can be calibrated in a specifically tailored workshop environment, without having to drive the car in question. This approach, unsurprisingly, requires the use of sensitive, specialist equipment like a CSC (Camera and Sensor Calibration) Tool.

Dynamic ADAS calibration

Dynamic ADAS is sometimes referred to as Mobile Calibration. This moniker relates to the fact that the calibration is performed with the aid of a hand-held unit plugged directly into the automobile. Then, 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.

Advanced Driver Assistance System Calibration

ADAS technologies present in windscreens typically rely on a combination of sensors and cameras positioned on your vehicle.

Many ADAS features are channelled through a forward facing camera mounted on the inside of the windscreen, usually behind the rear view mirror. When your car undergoes a windscreen replacement, it’s imperative to carry out correct and precise ADAS re-calibration to ensure that all safety features perform as they should. Following a windscreen replacement if the forward facing camera is calibrated incorrectly, even by as little as a few millimetres, your ADAS capabilities can be severely compromised, endangering the occupants of the car. Every vehicle is different, so manufacturers always stipulate their own unique calibration criteria.

Find out more about how we carry out an ADAS calibration>>

It’s worth noting that re-calibrating your advanced driver assistance system needn’t be limited to immediately after a windscreen replacement. It’s wise to get it checked in the event of, your forward facing camera being disconnected or if your vehicle has recently been subject to a wheel alignment or change of suspension.

At Autoglass, our advanced driver assistance systems specialists are ready and able to perform either static or dynamic calibrations. So, no matter what you’re driving, we’re on hand to handle any and all ADAS calibrations.

We hope this little explainer has stripped away some of the jargon and shone a light on the fascinating technological advancements appearing in modern windscreens.

Read how ADAS is paving the way for Autonomous cars of the future>>

Don’t forget to check back with the Autoglass Blog again soon for more guides, explainers and tips like this one.

Safe driving!

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