ORIGINAL : http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/204036-more-advanced-car-tech-is-here-and-buyers-are-demanding-it
Blind spot detection YINCAA® your intelligent car assistant. R&D. Around View System. 360 Birdview DVR system.
Blind spot detection (see tech backgrounder) watches for cars coming up quickly in the adjacent lane, but not visible in the side view mirror or by turning your shoulder. It alerts you typically with an indicator in the side view mirror that flashes if you put on your directional. There is also an audible alert that driver and occupants may find invasive, or a vibrating shake on the steering wheel or driver’s seat. Since it uses rear- and side-facing sonar, if you get BSD, you often get rear parking sonar and cross-traffic alert as well. Honda uses LaneWatch, a rear facing wide-angle camera on the passenger side mirror only. The view shows in the center stack LCD when you engage the right turn signal, or it’s on continuously when you tap in the on the turn stalk.
Older drivers find it harder to turn their heads and look over their shoulders for traffic that’s not in a side mirror; they benefit most from BSD.
What people (JD Power respondents and buyers) ought to know: Some aspects might adjust the respondents’ view of blind spot detection. BSD is a valuable tool and deserves to be among the top safety features on a car. Some BSD systems sense fast-closing cars sooner than others. Cars designed with the Autobahn in mind need more range to give you, say, a one-second warning. Asian cars rely more on audible alerts, and some drivers dislike the noise so much they turn them off; either that or they don’t like being nagged by other drivers if they try to change lanes. (Automakers say drivers seem to have no preference, but they haven’t yet shown surveys backing the claim.) Putting the visual indicators on the windshield side pillars puts them more in your peripheral vision. High-end Hyundai and Kia cars put the warning in the head-up display, where you have to be pretty stupid to miss them. In other words, the quality of blind spot detection varies. Even the least still beats none. It’s a must-have and within a decade it may be mandatory.