Front radar sensors used with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control systems: $900 to $1,300
Rear radar sensors used with blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems: $850 to $2,050
Front or rear ultrasonic sensors used with parking assist systems: $500 to $1,300
Front camera sensors used with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keeping systems (does not include the cost of a replacement windshield): $850 to $1,900
Front, side mirror, or rear camera sensors used with around-view systems: $500 to $1,100
Don't be scared away from driver assistance
Though repairs can be more expensive for vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems, previous AAA testing has shown that they offer many safety benefits. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that if every vehicle were equipped with such tech and properly used, 2.7 million crashes, 1.1 million injuries, and nearly 9,500 deaths each year could potentially be avoided.
Know your safety systems' limitations
The easiest way to avoid pricey repairs is to not have a crash, which means understanding what your vehicle's advanced driver assistance systems are (and aren't) capable of. For example, many rear cross-traffic alert systems cannot reliably detect pedestrians, cyclists, or extraneous objects. Trusting high-tech systems to help only in situations they're designed for can help prevent a surprise collision.
Make sure your insurance is adequate
For the vehicles in AAA’s study, the repair bill for a minor front or rear collision on a car with advanced driver assistance systems can run as high as $5,300, almost two and a half times the repair cost for a vehicle without these systems. With one in three Americans unable to afford an unexpected repair bill of just $500, AAA recommends drivers review their insurance policy regularly to ensure they have enough coverage to repair damage and that deductibles are manageable to minimize out-of-pocket expenses.
Get repairs from properly trained technicians
Simply replacing the sensors of driver assistance systems can be performed by most mechanics. However, to restore the system to proper operation it must be calibrated, which requires special training, tools, and information. AAA recommends that drivers verify whether a facility can properly repair and calibrate the damaged systems, and request proof of the work once complete.