Adaptive Cruise Control Repair

Advances in technology have allowed Adaptive Cruise Control to become a staple ADAS feature in most modern vehicles. By using the cameras and sensors mounted onto your windshield, adaptive cruise control is able to determine your car’s speed in proximity to other vehicles on the road. Since this ADAS feature relies so heavily on the windshield mounted cameras, it is imperative that you recalibrate your ADAS after having a replacement windshield installed. Failure to repair your adaptive cruise control configurations may lead to accident or injury. 

Adaptive Cruise Control Repair

What Is Adaptive Cruise Control and How Does It Work?

The early forms of cruise control allowed drivers the ability to keep their vehicle at the desired speed while driving, without having to keep their foot on the gas pedal. This ADAS feature helped reduce stress and increase comfortability while driving long distances. However, this early feature still required input from the driver to change speed depending on other vehicles ahead of them.

Enter: Adaptive Cruise Control, a modern ADAS feature that allows the driver to set both their desired speed and the desired distance from any vehicle ahead of them. By using various cameras and sensors, which are mounted to your windshield, adaptive cruise control will work to slow or speed the vehicle to maintain your desired distance, without the driver needing to input anything manually. If a slower vehicle moves in front of you, the windshield-mounted sensors will notice this and slow your vehicle accordingly, and then accelerate once the vehicle moves out of the way to your set speed limit. 

Limitations of Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive cruise control is far from perfect and, like any safety convenience system, still carries some limitations. While the addition of maintaining a set distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you is nice, the driver will still need to steer the vehicle. Likewise, if the vehicle ahead of you suddenly slams on its brakes, you’ll need to take control. This includes remaining alert for any sudden evasive maneuvers as well. Lastly, bad weather and debris can negatively impact adaptive cruise control by impairing the cameras and sensors on your windshield. 

Adaptive Cruise Control

When To Have Adaptive Cruise Control Repaired?

Since adaptive cruise control relies on feedback from windshield-mounted cameras and sensors in order to work properly, it’s imperative that you have your ADAS recalibrated after a replacement windshield is installed. Failure to calibrate the system can endanger the operation of the ADAS and lead to major accident or injury. 

When cameras and sensors are misaligned, the ADAS receives inaccurate feedback. This, in turn, relays inaccurate information to your ADAS. Your ADAS depends on accurate feedback from those cameras and sensors, which is why it’s so important to recalibrate your ADAS following a windshield replacement. If your replacement windshield is not an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) windshield, it is likely not manufactured to the same specs as an OEM windshield. This means your replacement windshield may be slightly off calibration. 

ADAS Calibration with Insight Vehicle Calibration

Insight Vehicle Calibration specializes in the state-of-the-art recalibration of vehicles that have experienced an interruption in their ADAS. Our primary objective is to ensure the proper functionality of a vehicle’s ADAS configurations. After having a replacement windshield installed by our trusted partner in Chamblee, Lightning Auto Glass, our experts will work to recalibrate your ADAS so that all your safety features work as they should. Lightning Auto Glass includes the price of ADAS calibration in their replacement windshield quotes, should your vehicle be equipped with ADAS features. 

Knowledgeable staff even with the most difficult issues. Very helpful. Saved a lot of money over taking my vehicle to the dealership.

Thomas Keillor

Other Names For Adaptive Cruise Control

Different auto manufacturers refer to adaptive cruise control by different names, but they all mostly offer the same features. Below is a list of what certain automakers are calling this ADAS feature. 

BMW: Active Cruise Control, Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go

Hyundai: Smart Cruise Control

Honda/Acura: Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow

Kia: Advanced Smart Cruise Control

Mercedes-Benz: Active Distance Assist Distronic

Nissan/Infiniti: Intelligent Cruise Control

Toyota/Lexus: Dynamic Cruise Control, Dynamic Cruise Control with Stop and Go

Subaru: Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering