Blind spot technology in a quarter of cars by 2016, says report

Blind spot detection systems will be standard in a quarter of cars sold worldwide by 2016, according to new research.

The systems, which make up for gaps in the driver's field of vision using sophisticated technology, will make their way into 20 million vehicles every year within the next five years, ABI Research said March 15.

Today, they are included on some models such as the Ford Focus and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but are rarely standard features.

ABI's David Alexander said that the technology has struggled for recognition, "perhaps because it has been unfairly classified as a feature for less-competent drivers."

Technologies used in their design has come on remarkably quickly in recent years, adding further sophistication to blind spot detection systems - modern radar-based technology can scan rearwards as a driver prepares to switch lanes, warning them of any vehicles that are approaching quickly, for example.

The research analyst says that it is features like this, along with the bundling of the systems with other packages such as lane-keeping systems, which are making blind spot systems so popular.

Blind spot monitoring systems were pioneered by Volvo in 2005, said ABI, although they have been adapted by premium brands such as Jaguar, Mercedes and more recently Ford, which began fitting the technology to some models in 2009.

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