New car feature drivers most want? Blind spot detection

There is no doubt about it, automobiles are safer than they were 30 years ago. Motor vehicle accident deaths have decreased 23% since 1975 reports the U. S. Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

Fatalities have decreased in good part because of improvements in vehicle design including front and side impact air bags, seat belts, child safety restraint systems and increased roof strength, all which have increased the safety to the passenger in a car accident.seattle car accident lawyer

J.D. Power Study on Automotive Emerging Technologies Study

Drivers are still seeking improved safety features in their vehicles. A study by J.D. Power and Associates measured consumer interest and purchase intent for emerging automotive technologies both before and after a market price was presented. While consumers are interested in wireless connectivity systems, mobile routers, navigation systems and other technologies, the feature that drivers were most interested in (77%) was a blind spot detection device.

What is a Blind Spot?, trucks, boats and aircraft have blind spots which are an area around the vehicle in which the driver cannot observe in their peripheral vision. In motor vehicles, blind spot are usually in areas of the road that the driver cannot see while looking forward or while using the rear view or side mirrors. Blind spots are usually at the rear quarter of the vehicle. Larger vehicles generally have larger blind spots.

To avoid car accidents, drivers must check their blind spots when lane changing or pulling out from the curb by either quickly turning their head or by correctly positioning side and rear-view mirrors as to reduce the blind spot. When backing up, a blind spot can be dangerous because the driver may not see a small child on a bicycle or a pedestrian.

Drivers must pay close attention to their blind spots as they pose a large danger. Consider this:

  • Car accidents occur three times more frequently when a driver is changing lanes then driving straight ahead.
  • While commuting, drivers change lanes approximately every 2.76 miles.
  • When a driver turns their head to check their blind spot, their vehicle may have driven more than half of a football field which can result in a accident if traffic has stopped abruptly ahead.
  • 1 out of 25 motor vehicle accidents are caused by unsafe lane changes. That equates to approximately 630,000 accidents.
  • Approximately 726 motor vehicle accident deaths are attributed to unsafe lane changes.

Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

Manufacturers have come up with all types of devices and systems to detect the blind spot.

There are many device systems either on the market or planned for market which eliminates a driver’s blind spot. LaneRX is one system in which whenever a driver activates their turn signal, the side mirror sweeps outward to expose the driver’s blind spot.

Another type of system is by Valeo Raytheon Systems Inc., whose solution for blind spot detection consists of two radar sensors which detects and warns the driver when another vehicle has moved into the blind spot area.

Radar systems can also alert the driver of cross traffic or alert the driver when another vehicle is rapidly approaching or overtaking. Along with a lane change assist or lane keeping system which helps a driver stay in their lane, this may be an effective way to eliminate lane change accidents.

Car design can also minimize blind spots. Take for example the Toyota Prius; Drivers have complained or accidents or near-misses because of blind spots in the front driver’s side. One driver wrote that she hit a mother pushing a baby stroller because she did not see them due to a dangerous front blind spot in the front of her Prius.

Volvo lead the way in blind spot detection in 2005 when they equipped their vehicles with Blind Spot Detection system. ABI Research predicts that 25% of all new automobiles will be equipped with some type of BSD by 2016.

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