Tuesday, January 22Serving the aftermarket


Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have been around for some time now – including lane change warnings, adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking and brake control. ADAS sensors rely on correct rear thrust angle, hence four wheel alignment is now an even more important factor in road safety as a millimetric misalignment can result in ADAS errors.

The public impression has traditionally been ‘the steering took a knock so can you check the tracking’ but with ADAS it goes deeper than that. If you change a suspension part, steering part, sub-frame, body parts, windscreen or adjust the steering using only a front end tracking gauge it could impact on the ADAS sensor calibration and require four wheel alignment to be carried out. Repairs that would previously have been seen as minor now become critical safety points, and in the event of an accident diligent investigators will be asking awkward questions as to why ADAS let the driver down. Different manufacturers have varying approaches to checking ADAS sensor alignment, but there are two factors that are common to all – correct tyre pressures and correct four wheel alignment.

Absolute Alignment is the UK distributor of OEM-approved Bluetooth and 3D wheel alignment equipment for passenger car and commercial applications. As leaders in alignment technology for the latest generation of ADAS-equipped vehicles, Absolute Alignment offers a huge new market for forward-thinking workshops, by providing a range of four wheel alignment equipment that is compatible with ADAS sensor calibration.

For more information on best practice wheel alignment for ADAS-equipped vehicles, visit the Absolute Alignment Technical Team on stand R98 at Automechanika (5-7 June, NEC Birmingham).

Alternatively, call 01252 758413 or visit www.absolutealignment.co.uk