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Blind spot monitoring sensor installation
What is blind spot monitoring technology?
A blind spot is an area near a vehicle that is not within the view of the driver. External and internal mirrors are designed for the driver to view passing and following traffic and if mirrors are adjusted accurately it is possible to eliminate some blind spots to the side of a vehicle. However, many drivers don’t set up and use their mirrors correctly and blind spot monitoring technology was developed to assist in moving safely when attempting such maneuvers as changing lanes.
Blind spot monitoring technology features a sensor device that detects when other vehicles are located to the side or rear of a vehicle. When the sensor becomes aware of another vehicle it will alert the driver with lights, sound, vibration or even instigate autonomous crash avoidance intervention.
Blind spot technology uses radar, sonar, electromagnetic waves or camera imagery to detect if another vehicle is getting too close or if you are about to move into a space that is already occupied.
We can only look at so many things on the road at once and with highways having as many as five lanes things can get a little crazy, especially in poor weather. An extra pair of ‘eyes’ that respond to hazards quickly might serve to make you and your passengers feel a little safer.
Types of blind spot sensors
In some systems, cameras are placed inside side mirrors and relay information to a computer. Other systems use electromagnetic waves that are emitted and which then bounce back off nearby traffic. These are usually mounted on the rear of the vehicle. Newer systems use radar or sonar to monitor traffic, warn the driver when necessary and alter a vehicle’s direction if necessary.
Blind spot technology is still fairly young. If your vehicle was released before it was a standard fitment option and you want to install it, there are some aftermarket kits available from brands such as Parkmate, Mongoose, Parkpro, Haodi Australia, and Ashley Group.
Reasons for installing blind spot sensors
- Extra pair of eyes
- Reduce accidents
- Assist when visibility is poor
Who can install blind spot sensors?
Blind spot sensor system suppliers and retailers may well be able to provide an installation service or can advise on who can install it for you. The best option would be to engage the services of an experienced auto electrician. Whenever wiring new systems into a car, trust in an auto electrician to do the job right.
Things to consider
- Will the install require drilling into the bumper?
- Where will the sensors and warning system be installed and will it affect the value of your car?
- Cheapest isn’t always best
- Can the supplier provide installation?
- What type of detection system is it and will it be effective in all weather conditions?
- Will there be audible or visual warnings? What works for you? Will it become annoying over time?
- Can the system be removed easily or is it permanent?
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