How does it work?
This technology uses sensors at points least accessible to the driver in order to detect potential hazards, for example vehicles in adjacent lanes that the driver cannot observe directly due to the blind spot. Normally, monitoring this blind spot requires the driver to turn their head slightly, which might pose a danger in many situations and may not be enough.
The most common use of this sensor technology on the sides of the vehicle is optimized to work at normal highway speeds. They will work with the car's turn signal to generate warnings when trying to change lanes and another car is beside or behind it. These sensors can be camera, ultrasound or radar, with a warning system that operates via audio, flashing lights, vibration or combination of these types of warnings.
- It is functional for lane changing, where many of the car collisions usually occur.
- It optimizes the driver’s ability to react to unforeseen events generated by following vehicles or to make decisions based on what is monitored.
- It is affected by speed. For example, motorcycles or very fast vehicles are more difficult to detect by some sensors.
- System monitoring range varies by brand.
- These systems require constant supervision and action from the driver.
Latest Publications on PubMed
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- Naturalistic driving study on the impact of an aftermarket blind spot monitoring system on the driver's behaviour of heavy goods vehicles and buses on reducing conflicts with pedestrians and cyclistsby Ernst Tomasch on August 3, 2023 at 10:00 am
The risk being severely or fatally injured in crashes with heavy goods vehicle and buses is much higher compared to other vehicles. Especially vulnerable road users such as pedestrian and cyclists are at high risk. In the European Union 4600 pedestrian and more than 2000 cyclists were killed in 2019. 18% of the fatalities were counted in crashes with heavy goods vehicles or buses. Blind spot situations and driver inattention or distraction are causing and contributing crash factors. Driver...
- Teen driver crashes potentially preventable by crash avoidance features and teen-driver-specific safety technologiesby Alexandra S Mueller on May 19, 2022 at 10:00 am
CONCLUSIONS: Crash avoidance features and teen-driver-specific vehicle technologies appear to address different risk factors and crash scenarios, which emphasizes the importance of utilizing both types of safety features to reduce the crash risk of teen drivers.
- Learning to drive: Parental attitudes toward introducing teen drivers to advanced driver assistance systemsby Rebecca A Weast on December 7, 2021 at 11:00 am
CONCLUSIONS: Specific concerns about the potential impact of ADAS on teen driving safety and skill acquisition do not prevent parents from using such systems, although the teaching strategies parents use vary according to their preferences for individual systems.
- Is a flick-through enough? A content analysis of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) user manualsby Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios on June 17, 2021 at 10:00 am
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are being developed and installed in increasing numbers. Some of the most popular ADAS include blind spot monitoring and cruise control which are fitted in the majority of new vehicles sold in high-income countries. With more drivers having access to these technologies, it is imperative to develop policy and strategies to guarantee the safe uptake of ADAS. One key issue is that ADAS education has been primarily centred on the user manual which are not...
- Net-societal and net-private benefits of some existing vehicle crash avoidance technologiesby Abdullah Khan on February 18, 2019 at 11:00 am
Most light-duty vehicle crashes occur due to human error. Many of these crashes could be avoided or made less severe with the aid of crash avoidance technologies. These technologies can assist the driver in maintaining control of the vehicle when a possibly dangerous situation arises by issuing alerts to the driver and in a few cases, responding to the situation itself. This paper estimates the societal and private benefits and costs associated with three crash avoidance technologies, blind-spot...