Get to Know the Blind Spot Monitor

The blind spot monitor was a standard feature on less than 9 percent of 2017 model-year vehicles. We here at Audi Livermore think this is super unfortunate, especially since blind spot monitors prevented close to 85,000 crashes in 2015 (according to IIHS). How did the blind monitor achieve this feat?

Watching Your Back and Side

A blind spot monitor is a system. The system includes cameras and sensors on the exterior of your vehicle. The system employs sonar to detect the motion and position of vehicles near yours when you're driving.

Your blind spot monitor tells you there's a car in your blind spot before you make a turn or change lanes.

Not Standard But Becoming Common

Blind spot monitors are rapidly gaining in popularity, even appearing on mid- and low-end trims. Since the feature isn't standard and is still evolving, it has many different names. When perusing new or used cars, look for buzzwords like "lane-assist," "side assist" and "side blind zone alert." All of these refer to a blind spot monitor system.

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