Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control ADAS System
What is Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is a system that can help you maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. It’s typically integrated with your car’s cruise control but works independently.
ACC uses sensors to track the speed, distance, and direction of vehicles ahead of you. It then adjusts your speed to match the cars ahead of you. If ACC detects an obstacle on the road, it will automatically apply the brakes to slow down your vehicle and keep it at a safe distance from other cars.
How Adaprive Cruise Control works?
ACC monitors other vehicles and objects on the road. The aim of monitoring is to facilitate safe and comfortable driving by enabling drivers to keep a safe distance from the vehicles ahead. The system also helps drivers to maintain a steady speed at a given time.
You can set preferences on the distance you want to keep from the vehicle ahead, driving mode, and other factors. ACC uses your preferences and other information like speed limits and road curvature to ensure your car maintains safe speeds on the road.
Cruise control systems have been in use for a long time. With automation, cruise control systems could automatically press the acceleration pedal, allowing drivers to keep their foot off the pedal for a while. It worked well in situations with low traffic. However, the driver had to be alert when they needed to apply the brakes.
The introduction of adaptive cruise control systems helped drivers keep their foot off the pedal for longer. They can even do it on roads with moderate traffic. The technology uses front radar to detect the speed of the vehicle in front.
Adaptive Cruise Control allows for automatic acceleration and baking. However, you still must be vigilant because someone may abruptly change lanes or brake.
Because the ACC enables you to maintain a safe distance and speed from other vehicles, it helps reduce accidents resulting from close following. Even accidents that usually occur due to obstruction are reduced. Traffic flow also operates optimally because of the space between vehicles.
Before using the Advanced Cruise Control system, it is good to train on safe driving habits. The system is not completely autonomous, so you must be careful. Weather conditions like heavy rains and fog can also affect the accuracy of ACC. You also have to be careful when driving through tunnels and other dark places.
Replacing Windshields equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control Systems
When it is time to replace your car windshield that is Equipped with
Adaptive Cruise Control
System, all the cameras and sensors are removed and reattached after windshield installation. A recalibration procedure is then required to ensure that this critical safety system is functioning properly and is performing in accordance to the manufacturer tolerances.
When your car’s ADAS is not properly calibrated after a windshield replacement, the cameras or radar can be misaligned by even millimeters. This could cause dangerous driving conditions and accidents!
Many glass shops try to avoid performing recalibration due to lack of knowledge or calibration equipment. They will simply keep the wires intact, install the new windshield and call it done.
When installing a new windshield, be assured that it will always be off by few Millimeters from the original windshield position. This slight shift in windshield position causes the Lane Departure Warning System and the Lane Keeping Assist System to be off.
At Francis & Sons Auto Glass we have the latest recalibration systems and the expertise and experience to recalibrate your Adaptive Cruise Control to its factory setting and we back it up with our lifetime warranty.
Does insurance cover calibrating Adaptive Cruise Control?
The short answer is if you have comprehensive coverage or if you have elected to add glass replacement coverage (an add on coverage to your auto insurance policy), then recalibration of Adaptive Cruise Control is fully covered and there won’t be out of pocket expense.
Otherwise, plan on spending a minimum of $250 for recalibration. In the state of Arizona, it is always advisable to purchase glass coverage on top of your comprehensive auto insurance to avoid out of pocket expense when your windshield breaks or cracks.