How does Hyundai Blind Spot Detection Work?

2017 Hyundai Sonata

Keeping your eyes on the road at all times is vital in helping to prevent accidents. No matter how careful of a driver one is, though, there is always a chance that you might overlook something when your eyes are sweeping the area. Then there are those places that make it difficult to see because of your height, the way the car is designed or some other factor.

Blind Spots Challenge Even Careful Drivers

Fortunately, the safety systems that are included on today's technologically-advanced cars take these factors into account when they are designed. Take Hyundai's Blind Spot Detection system, for example. This state-of-the-art system provides a much-needed additional set of eyes that covers your blind spot.

Where Exactly is the Blind Spot?

 

Broadly speaking, a blind spot is anywhere that you can't see by using your mirrors, such as to the side of your car. A blind spot also often exists even when you turn your head because your vision is obscured by the pillar that is in between your front and back seats. For years, vehicle manufacturers have spent a great deal of time, money and research to develop mechanisms that address this shortcoming. Only within the past few years, however, has it been perfected with the use of technology and sensors.

How Blind Spot Detection Protects You

With Hyundai Blind Spot Detection, its sensors watch where you can't see. The technology effectively tracks vehicles as they approach you from the side or behind. When it comes time for you to change lanes, the system is designed to warn you of any other vehicles in your path. Once you have successfully overtaken a vehicle, the system provides additional blind spot support to allow you to return to the lane of your choice safely.

Methods of Warning You Can Expect

While the exact warning method can vary depending on the model of Hyundai that you're driving, you could see a flashing light on the internal front pillar or on your outside mirror. This might also be accompanied by a warning noise being emitted by the system or a vibration in the steering wheel. The blind spot detection system continues to stay active until the vehicle is alongside or in front of you. In fact, even when the system is not indicating that there is a vehicle in your blind spot, the light remains constantly lit to warn you that traffic is approaching.

Complete 180 Degrees of Protection

The Hyundai Blind Spot Detection System uses a series of radar or ultrasonic sensors to provide you with 180 degrees of protective coverage around your vehicle. These sensors are designed to constantly monitor the lanes that are close to you and detect other vehicles -- even smaller ones such as bicycles and motorcycles -- as they approach you or enter your blind spot.

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