Driving in heavy traffic for new drivers can be stressful and even for the experienced drivers who don’t take their eye off from the mirrors, it’s easy to miss vehicles that might have moved to your blind spot without you noticing.
In Dubai alone, there were 59 people killed and 495 people injured in 438 crashes according to the 2018 records. Dubai Police said that all these crashes were caused by drivers at the time of changing lanes.
Moreover, poor lane discipline proves to be the major global problem that results in an alarming number of road fatalities every year.
Some experts state that up to 33% of all crashes are caused by drivers who fail to maintain the correct lane discipline. The driver assist features like Ford’s BLIS® with Cross Traffic Alert are essential.
BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert is fitted to almost every Ford as standard. It forms a part of Ford’s new CoPilot360® suite of driver assist features. It not only uses radars to monitor your blind spots while driving and helps you reversing out of a car park but also alerts you of any dangers that you may not have noticed.
“Ford has always put the safety of its customers first with seamless technology that helps take away the stress of driving,” said Jamie Rae, Marketing director, Ford Middle East. “By constantly monitoring driving blind spots – both on the road and when reversing out of carparks with a restricted view of oncoming traffic, pedestrians and cyclists, BLIS with Cross Traffic Alert really has your back, both on the road and in the carpark.”
BLIS uses two radar sensors that are located behind each rear wheel in order to monitor your blind spots. It alerts the driver by flashing an indicator in the wing mirror if it detects any vehicle on either of the driver’s blind spots. The best part about the system is that the driver doesn’t need to remember to set it as it is automatically engaged when the car is placed in Drive mode.
Cross Traffic Alert uses the same sensors to monitor the approaching vehicle when the driver is slowly backing out or reversing onto a road. The side view mirror indicator flashes and the sound warns the driver if it detects any vehicle or bicycle approaching from either side. The message centre will also illuminate a warning telling the driver that a vehicle is approaching from the left or the right. In this system also, the driver doesn’t need to remember to set as the system automatically gets engaged when the vehicle is placed on Reverse mode.
One must also note that the driver-assist features will only help the drivers by alerting them if there are any dangers but will not replace the driver’s judgment.