What is Blind Spot Monitoring or BSM?
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) helps by warning you if there are cars in your blind spots which is especially useful when you are changing lanes. When a vehicle is detected, a warning light or icon will light up on the frame or glass of your wing mirror or on your window frame on the relevant side. There is sometimes an icon in your head-up display or an audible beeping alert too, or a vibration in your steering wheel or seat.
How does Blind Spot Monitoring work?
Blind spot monitoring systems detect cars in your blind spots from both sides, the back, and the front using radar sensors located under the rear bumper or side view mirrors. The sensors scan about one lane width beside your car on either side and from the wing mirrors to around 10 feet beyond the back bumper. But they may not detect smaller vehicles like motorbikes or bicycles.
Do I need Blind Spot Monitoring in my new family car?
I LOVE blind spot monitoring! With child seats in the back of the car I find it really hard in a lot of cars to see well out of the rear side windows and often the rear window, creating huge blind spots! Blind spot monitoring helps especially on dual carriageways and motorways when changing lanes to be sure there is nothing in your blind spots that are made so much bigger with child seats installed.
What else is blind spot monitoring called?
BSM can also be called-
Blind Spot Information System
Blind Spot Detection
Blind Spot Warning
Blind Spot Warning System.