Here at Agile Truck Tools, we offer automotive and heavy-duty technicians all the diagnostic tools they need to perform critical maintenance functions and repairs. This also includes calibrations of the ADAS – or the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Our ADAS tools are high-tech, covering over 98% of all makes and models on the road today. So, no matter what kind of vehicle you work on, you can rest assured your Autel tools from Agile are well worth the investment.

Yet, ADAS is changing all the time. With more autonomous vehicles on the roads, computers are becoming more prevalent on a daily basis. So, let’s take a deeper look into what ADAS is and why it matters for driver safety on our roads and highways.

The History of ADAS in the US

The advanced ADAS technology drivers have come to expect in their vehicles may seem fairly new. Still, the fact of the matter is this type of technology was seen in American cars starting in the 1970s. Of course, the electronic anti-lock braking system comes standard in every vehicle produced today, but it was the technology of advancement back then.

Then, starting in the early 2000s, ADAS technology really took off in the United States. By 2014, the United States Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began requiring that all vehicles under 10,000 pounds be equipped with rear-view cameras by 2018. This new requirement followed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007 after a child was killed by a car backing out of a driveway.

How ADAS Works

Since implementing anti-lock brakes and the rear-facing camera, most drivers have become aware that their vehicles do more than just take them from point A to point B. As a result, today’s modern vehicles protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike.

But how?

Well, ADAS uses lasers, cameras and sensors all around the vehicle to collect data about its surroundings. Some of this data monitors how well the vehicle is performing while other data sets monitor exterior factors such as people on sidewalks, blind spots, the distance between cars, speed, and even weather conditions. In addition, ADAS technology is so advanced that it mimics and exceeds human eyesight capabilities, giving drivers a 360-degree view of their vehicle while on the road. These data inputs work together to alert drivers of objects in the road, alert them of excessive speed, and help prevent accidents. 

Why ADAS is Important

As you might have guessed by now, ADAS is essential because it keeps people safe. The majority of accidents that occur on the roadways are because of human error, and these safety systems were developed to reduce those numbers by encouraging safe driving habits. ADAS systems in today’s vehicles also help reduce the number of insurance claims.

The Challenges of ADAS

While ADAS systems are popular and come in nearly every make and model, there are some challenges. Computers and electrical faults can happen all the time, which is why your shop needs a reliable ADAS calibration tool like the MA600 or the ADAS All-Systems 2.0. Furthermore, many American insurers do not offer drivers discounts for vehicles fitted with advanced ADAS technology. This is simply because of the lack of data that automobile manufacturers provide to show that ADAS increases road safety.

Equip Your Techs with the Right Diagnostic Tools

ADAS systems require special diagnostic hardware and software to ensure they’re working correctly. That’s exactly what you’ll get when choosing any of the Autel ADAS systems from Agile Truck Tools. We also offer a wide array of heavy-duty scan tools, automotive TMPS tools, and key programming kits. Contact us today at (844) 630-1106.