World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Blind spot monitor

Article Id: WHEBN0005451289
Reproduction Date:

Title: Blind spot monitor  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Backup camera, Wing mirror, Curb feeler, Speedometer, List of sensors
Collection: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Auto Parts, Automotive Safety Technologies
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Blind spot monitor

Blind spot detector on side mirrors

The blind spot monitor is a vehicle-based sensor device that detects other vehicles located to the driver’s side and rear. Warnings can be visual, audible, vibrating or tactile.[1][2]

However, blind spot monitors are an option that may include more than monitoring the sides of the vehicle. It can include "Cross Traffic Alert," "which alerts drivers backing out of a parking space when traffic is approaching from the sides."[1][3]


  • History 1
  • Blind Spot Information System 2
  • Blind Spot Intervention Systems 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


If side view mirrors are properly adjusted in a car, there is no blind spot on the sides.[3][4][5][6] This method was first revealed by George Platzer in a 1995 paper presented to the Society of Automotive Engineers.[3][4][6] The method is frequently overlooked in Driver's education classes, and takes some getting used to. Calculated elimination of blind spots by trained drivers is cheap, and obviates the need for expensive technological solutions to that problem, provided drivers take the time to set up and use their mirrors properly.[3]

George Platzer received a patent for the blind spot monitor, and it has been incorporated into various products associated with Ford Motor Company.[3] The blind zone mirror has been touted as "an elegant and relatively inexpensive solution" to this recognized problem.[3]

Blind Spot Information System

BLIS is an acronym for Blind Spot Information System, a system of protection developed by Volvo. Volvo's previous parent Ford Motor Company has since adapted the system to its Ford, Lincoln (automobile), and Mercury (automobile) brands.

This system was first introduced on the redesigned 2007 Volvo S80 sedan and produced a visible alert when a car entered the blind spot while a driver was switching lanes, using two door mounted lenses to check the blind spot area for an impending collision.

Mazda was the first Japanese automaker to offer a Blind spot monitor, which they refer to as BSM (Blind Spot Monitoring). It was initially introduced on the 2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring and remained limited to only that highest trim level through the 2012 model year. For 2013, the CX-9 Touring and Grand Touring both have BSM standard.

Mazda also added BSM to the redesigned 2009 Mazda 6. Blind spot monitoring was standard equipment on the 6i and 6s Grand Touring trim level, and was an available option on some lower trim levels. Mazda has since expanded the availability of BSM, having added it to the feature list of the Mazda3, CX-5, MX-5 Miata, and the upcoming CX-3, often as part of an option package.

On Ford products, the system was first introduced in the spring of 2009 on the 2010 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid, 2010 Mercury Milan and Milan Hybrid and 2010 Lincoln MKZ.

Mitsubishi now offers a Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system on the newly launched Pajero Sport.

Blind Spot Intervention Systems

In 2010, the Nissan Fuga/Infiniti M will for the first time counter steer the vehicle to keep it from colliding.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b  
  2. ^ Automobile Blind-Spot Monitoring System, Tri-City Insurance News, January 27, 2006
  3. ^ a b c d e f Jensen, Christopher (August 18, 2009). "Are Blind Spots a Myth?".  
  4. ^ a b Platzer, George (February 1, 1995). "The Geometry of Automotive Rearview Mirrors - Why Blind Zones Exist and Strategies to Overcome Them – SAE Technical Paper 950601". Detroit, Michigan:  
  5. ^ """How To Eliminate The Dreaded "Blind Spot. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Quiroga, Tony; Philpot, Chris, Illustrator (March 2010). "How to Adjust Your Mirrors to Avoid Blind Spots".  
  7. ^ Kiino, Ron; Walker, William, Photos (November 2009). "First Drive: 2011 Infiniti M Prototype Gutsier V-6, a Big V-8, and Even a Hybrid".  

External links

  • YouTube Ford How-to video: "BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert "
  • Google patent search of "Blind spot monitoring system"
  • "The danger of blind zones The area behind your vehicle can be a killing zone".  
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.