A Web Log about ADAS from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity
The Phantomobile is an older vehicle, and as such doesn’t feature an Advanced Driver’s Assistance System. Those of us in the “biz” (if you’ll forgive my informality!) refer to it as ADAS. I was recently at the Tire Discounter’s Performance store, when I happened upon Dave Cahill, the Director of Training.
“Hey Phantom,” said Dave, “want to take a ride?”
Dave had just bought a snappy new SUV, so I jumped at the chance.
“Where are we headed?”
“Just over to Sharonville.”
“Sharonville?! Really? I love Sharonville!”
“Dave, you’re an expert on all things ADAS. Please, give me the benefit of your vast knowledge and experience.”
“I’d be happy to,” said Dave. And he was.
“Well, as you know, Tire Discounters now provides glass replacement. And with every windshield we replace, we must recalibrate all the ADAS systems and cameras. Like on my new pride and joy, here, you’ve got your lane assist, your blind spot alert, automated parking, the whole nine yards.
BUT, if I need a new windshield, or I have front end work done, or replace a panel, guess what happens?”
I was on the edge of my seat. “What? What happens, Dave?”
“Those same ADAS systems that help keep you safe can go a little catty-wampus. They could give you the wrong information!”
“And that’s why Tire Discounters invested in all the latest technology that let’s our technicians make those adjustments and recalibrations when necessary.”
“Well, here we are. Beautiful downtown Sharonville.”
“Just as I remembered it!”