Ford Introduces the Blind Spot Information System in the UK
Ford’s Blind Spot Information System detects when a vehicle enters a blind spot zone situated on one of the car’s sides and alerts the driver through a LED warning light, situated in the corresponding exterior mirror. The system cover a wide range of road vehicles, from motorbikes to trucks.
It uses two high-tech multi-beam radars, which are mounted in the corners of the rear bumper. This allows the system to individually monitor each side of the vehicle it is installed on. Its range extends from the wing mirror to about three meters behind the rear bumper and covers approximately three meters on either side of the car.
The application has been engineered to become operational from speeds as low as 6mph, thus being useful in busy urban traffic and also for highway traffic jams. The technology will be introduced on multiple Ford vehicles, including the next generation Ford C-Max and Focus, which will be launched in the following 12 months.
“In busy traffic, it’s very easy to lose sight of vehicles when they move into your blind spot,” said Dr Torsten Wey, Ford's driver assistance technologies supervisor. “With its distinctive warning light, this system helps drivers to think twice before switching lanes or changing direction without checking their blind spot, hopefully preventing a collision or a near miss.”