Let's Talk About Blind Spot Monitors

We here at BMW of Spokane get off on auto tech, especially tech that saves lives. Take the blind spot monitor, for example. This nifty component watches your back and side while you're on the road, giving you a heads up and helping you prevent crashes.

Saving Thousands of Lives

The blind spot monitor is an example of collision-avoidance technology. The lane-departure warning system is another. Together, these systems prevented close to 85,000 on-road crashes in the year 2015, according to the IIHS.

The blind spot monitor uses cameras and sensors mounted on the outside of your vehicle. The system relies on sonar to gauge the position and motion of vehicles near yours as you're cruising down the freeway in Spokane.

When a vehicle enters your blind spot, the system alerts you before you change lanes or when you signal a turn.

Useful But Not Standard

The efficacy of the blind spot monitor is proven, but the component isn't standard on all vehicles. Less than 9 percent of new 2017 models contained a blind spot monitor. Luckily, this statistic is changing for the better.

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