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Blind Spot Monitor: In Other Words
  
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Blind Spot Monitor

This system uses radar sensors in the rear fenders to detect objects in the vehicle's blind spots, slightly behind and to the sides in adjacent lanes. The system is designed to help prevent side-swipe accidents where a driver hits another car he doesn't see when changing lanes, or forces someone off the road, or loses control when he has to suddenly jerk back into his lane.

The systems typically turn their warning indicators on for a brief time when the vehicle is turned on, but don't operate until about 6 to 20 MPH. They are not designed to warn of non-moving objects, like guard rails. Some more sophisticated systems can extend their range to the rear if a trailer is connected.

The most confusing aspect of this feature is that almost every single car maker uses a different name for it. Below is a list of the names used by each maker, and in most cases a description of how their version works and when it was first offered. Sometimes blind spot monitoring goes by different names from the same maker or even on the same vehicle! Also, the names and the ways these functions operate may change from year to year as well.

These are not the same as blind spot camera systems, such as used to be in some Honda products and are now in premium Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles.

Do not depend on the blind spot monitor; look over.

Acura

Blind Spot Information System (BSI) was introduced on the MDX for the 2010 model year. An indicator light comes on at the front of the driver's window on the interior where the side mirror attaches. The light blinks and a beeping occurs if the turn signal in the direction of the alert is activated.

Aston Martin

Blind Spot Warning (BSW).

Audi

Audi Side Assist first appears on Q7 in 2007. It was awarded a safety prize by EuroNCAP in 2010. If a vehicle is detected a light in the near housing of the side mirror comes on. Light will blink when the corresponding turn signal is activated while a vehicle is detected on that side.

Bentley

Blind Spot WarningBlind Spot Assist. 

BMW

Active Blind Spot Detection, first offered on the 2011 7 Series, or Lane Change Warning. A light is illuminated in the side view mirror. If the turn signal is activated in a direction from which an obstacle is detected, the light flashes and the steering wheel vibrates.

Bugatti

Not offered.

Buick

Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, introduced in 2008 on the Buick Lucerne. The system will first passively alert the driver to the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot or approaching it via a light on the face of the sideview mirror and will also flash the light if the corresponding turn signal is activated.

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Chevrolet

Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, introduced in 2009 on the Tahoe and Suburban. The system will first passively alert the driver to the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot or approaching it via a light on the face of the sideview mirror and will also flash the light if the corresponding turn signal is activated.

Chrysler

Blind Spot Monitoring or Blind Spot Alert, are two names for the same sensors. Blind Spot Monitoring refers to the system that turns on a triangular light in the face of the corresponding side view mirror if an obstacle is present. The Blind Spot Alert, which can be switched on or off, will also sound a warning chime if the turn signal is activated in the direction of an obstacle to the side or approaching. The system was first offered on the 2009 Town & Country.

Dodge

Side Blind Spot Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitoring, or Blind Spot Alert, first introduced for the 2009 model year on the Grand Caravan. The system turns on a triangular light in the face of the corresponding side view mirror if an obstacle is present. The Blind Spot Alert, which can be switched on or off, will also sound a warning chime if the turn signal is activated in the direction of an obstacle to the side or approaching.

Ferrari

The vehicles with some of the largest blind spots do not offer blind spot monitoring. To paraphrase a great movie: "Whatsa behind you (or to the sides), she doesn't a'matter!"

Fiat

Blind Spot Monitoring, only came to be offered in 2016 on the new 500X. The system illuminates a warning in the face of the side view mirror and chimes if the turn signal on that side is activated when a vehicle is detected in the blind spot.

Ford

BLIS® or Blind Spot Information System, so named because their Premier Vehicle Unit, specifically Volvo, developed it first and passed it on to the Ford brand vehicles along with the name. The system as it works on Fords only provides a static light on the face of the side view mirror, with no audible or vibrating warning or change in illumination if a turn signal is activated or a lane change begins to take place. On vehicles designed for towing, the system can be programmed through SYNC to take the trailer into account, lengthening the distance of the warning and disregarding the signals from the trailer.

Genesis

Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist, has been present since the brand started operation in 2017. The system is unique in that there is a physical button to turn it on, and it remains in the previous state (on or off) when the car is started again. When a vehicle is detected in the sensor range a light on the face of the side view mirror and a warning in the heads-up display (if equipped) will be displayed. If the turn signal is activated in the same direction as a detected vehicle, the warnings blink, an alarm will sound and if equipped, the steering wheel will vibrate.

Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, is in addition to the Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist, and will actively use the brakes lightly to steer the vehicle back into its lane if the driver begins a dangerous lane change. It can also hit the brakes if a driver is leaving a parallel parking place and traffic is approaching.

GMC

Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, introduced in 2009 on the Yukon. The system will first passively alert the driver to the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot or approaching it via a light on the face of the sideview mirror and will also flash the light if the corresponding turn signal is activated.

Honda

Blind Spot Information System (BSI), was introduced on the Odyssey Touring Elite for 2011. An indicator light comes on at the front of the driver's window on the interior where the side mirror attaches. The light blinks if the turn signal in the direction of the alert is activated.

Hyundai

Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist was introduced on the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe (LWD, not Sport). The system illuminates a light in the face of the side mirror which flashes in concert with a chime if the turn signal on that side is activated. Also known as Blind Spot Collision Warning.

Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, as the name implies, is a later, upgraded version that uses the brakes to nudge a driver back into the lane if a dangerous lane change is started. Blind Spot Collision Warning is included.

Infiniti

Blind Spot Warning (BSW)Blind Spot Intervention (BSI). The first, introduced on the 2011 model EX is a standard warning system, with a light at the front of the two front widows on the inside where the side mirrors attach. The light comes on to indicate a vehicle is in the blind spot. The turn signal will cause the light to flash and a chime sounds twice if a vehicle is on that side. Blind Spot Intervention, a first for any vehicle, was introduced on the 2011 Infiniti M35 and M45. In addition to the functions of BSW, if the driver still started a lane change into an occupied lane, the BSI will steer it back into its lane.

Jaguar

Blind Spot Monitor, A basic system that lights a warning symbol in the face of the side view mirror if a vehicle enters the blind spot or approaches it from that side. No enhanced warning if the turn signal is used.

Jeep

Blind Spot Monitoring, first introduced for the 2011 model year on the redesigned Grand Cherokee. The system turns on a triangular light in the face of the corresponding side view mirror if an obstacle is present. It can also sound a chime. In vehicles also equipped with Active Lane Management, the vehicle will steer back into the lane if a lane change is attempted when a vehicle is detected in the blind spot on that side. Also, Blind Spot Alert.

Karma

Blind Spot Monitoring, was added as standard equipment to the Revero GT in 2020.

Kia

Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist, was first offered in 2014 on the Optima, Sorento, and Cadenza. The system is unique in that there is a physical button to turn it on, and it remains in the previous state (on or off) when the car is started again. When a vehicle is detected in the sensor range a light on the face of the side view mirror and a warning in the heads-up display (if equipped) will be displayed. If the turn signal is activated in the same direction as a detected vehicle, the warnings blink, an alarm will sound and if equipped, the steering wheel will vibrate.

Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, is in addition to the Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist, and will actively use the brakes lightly to steer the vehicle back into its lane if the driver begins a dangerous lane change. It can also hit the brakes if a driver is leaving a parallel parking place and traffic is approaching. It is offered on some newer Kias, such as the 2022 Carnival.

Lamborghini

Blind Spot Assistant, optional on the Urus, only, since its introduction as a 2019 model.

Land Rover

Blind Spot Monitoring (aka Blind Spot Monitor), first offered on the Range Rover in 2010, lights a warning symbol in the face of the side view mirror (1) on the side an obstacle endangers a potential lane change. If the turn signal is activated the light flashes. If the system isn't active, a smaller light in the mirror turns on (2). Blind Spot Assist, in addition, this also actively steers the vehicle back into its lane.

Range Rover Blind Spot Monitor

Lexus

Blind Spot Monitor lights pictograms in the faces of the side view mirrors to indicate an obstacle. If the turn signal is activated, the light flashes. First appears in model year 2013 on most Lexus vehicles.

Lincoln

BLIS® or Blind Spot Information System, so named because their Premier Vehicle Unit, specifically Volvo, developed it first and passed it on to the Lincoln vehicles along with the name. The system provides a static light on the face of the side view mirror, with no audible or vibrating warning or change in illumination if a turn signal is activated or a lane change begins to take place. On vehicles designed for towing, the system can be programmed through SYNC to take the trailer into account, lengthening the distance of the warning and disregarding the signals from the trailer.

Lotus

Does not offer a this time.

Mazda

BSM or Blind Spot Monitoring, first offered on the new CX-9 Grand Touring in 2008. When an obstacle is detected, a light illuminates on side mirror housing on that side. If the turn signal on that side is activated, a beeping sound is activated to alert the driver to the warning.

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Mercedes

Blind Spot Assist, was introduced on the E-Class, S-Class and CL-Class for the 2010 model year. It lights a warning on the face of the corresponding side view mirror which flashes and is accompanied by two chimes if a turn signal is activated in that direction. A year later, Active Blind Spot Assist, on the S-Class, utilizes an individual brake to nudge the vehicle back into its lane.

MINI

Doesn't offer.

Mitsubishi

Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist, is first offered in the U.S. on the Outlander for the 2017 model year. A light in the face of the side view mirror lights up on the side that an obstacle is detected in the blind spot. It flashes and beeps if the turn signal 

Nissan

Blind Spot Warning, first offered on the now defunct 2011 Nissan Quest, lights a warning in the rear view mirror on the side a vehicle is detected, which flashes and sounds a chime if the corresponding turn signal is used.

Porsche

Lane Change Assist (LCA), first offered on the 2011 Cayenne. A vertical series of LED lights in the near edge of the side mirror housing turns on when a vehicle is detected. It flashes if the corresponding turn signal is active. Later versions are in the face of the mirror and feature yellow, rectangular lights.

Ram

Side Blind Spot Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitoring, or Blind Spot Alert. The system turns on a triangular light in the face of the corresponding side view mirror if an obstacle is present. The Blind Spot Alert, which can be switched on or off, will also sound a warning chime if the turn signal is activated in the direction of an obstacle to the side or approaching.

Rivian

Blind Spot Warning, standard on both their premier vehicles going on sale as 2022 models.

Rolls-Royce

Active Blind Spot Detection or Lane Change Warning. A light is illuminated in the side view mirror. If the turn signal is activated in a direction from which an obstacle is detected, the light flashes and the steering wheel vibrates.

Subaru

Subaru Blind Spot Detection Illustration

Blind Spot Detection, Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Detection first offered on the 2015 Legacy and Outback, illuminates a light in the housing of the side view mirror nearest the driver on the side an obstacle is detected. The light flashes if the corresponding turn signal is active.

Tesla

Tesla Blind Spot Collision Warning Graphic

Blind Spot Collision Warning, zooms in on a digital picture of the Tesla on the central touchscreen and displays warning lines in white, yellow or red to show proximity with an obstacle. A warning chime can be programmed to play.

Toyota

Blind Spot Monitor, first introduced on the 2012 Camry, lights a symbol in the face of the side view mirror on the side of the car where an obstacle is present or moving towards. The symbol flashes if the corresponding turn signal is activated.

Toyota Mirai Blind Spot Monitor Illustration

Volkswagen

Blind Spot Monitoring or Blind Spot Monitor, it was first offered on the Routan, a badge-engineered Chrysler minivan sold under the VW name. A yellow warning symbol lights in the face of the side mirror on the side an obstacle is detected. It flashes if the turn signal on that side is active. Side Assist is sometimes used as a synonym, when automatic lane change is included. Side Assist, a later version can counter-steer back into the lane if a collision is imminent.

Volvo

BLIS® or Blind Spot Information System was introduced on the 2007 in the redesigned S80, making it one of the first systems of its kind. Unlike other, later systems it used digital video cameras mounted in the side mirror housings instead of radar. When a vehicle enters the blind spot the system illuminates a light in front of the corresponding front window near where the side mirror mounts. Later systems go by the same name, but use radar and the warning has moved to the face of the mirror. The newer system flashes the warning if the turn signal is used on the side of a detected obstacle.

Volvo modern BLIS mirror

 
 
 
 

2022 Chrysler Model Year Changes
  
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300

2022 Chrysler 300

Touring L will now come standard with the Sport Appearance package. Navigation is standard on 300S.

A new, standard interior air filter reduces pollutants and allergens by 95% in the cabin.

Pacifica

2022 Chrysler Pacifica stock photo

The Pacifica also gets the cleaner interior air filter.

Amazon Fire TV is available for rear passengers through the built-in 4G Wi-Fi. This feature comes with two Alexa remotes and each rear screen (one in row two and one in row three) can watch different programs simultaneously.

A rear seat reminder system is new and standard. Various trim levels get additional standard equipment: heated front seats and steering wheel on Touring; front parking sensors, 360 Surround View Camera and automated parallel and perpendicular parking on Touring L; Harmon Kardon premium sound system on Limited; and Trailer Tow Group on Pinnacle without the hybrid engine. 

Voyager

2022 Chrysler Voyager stock photo

The entry-level Chrysler minivan goes fleet only. Available only in an LX trim, (L and LXi gone) it will fill daily rental fleets, primarily.

Automatic headlights, power driver's seat, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio controls (rear), satellite radio, auto-down front passenger window, three-zone manual air conditioning and remote start are standard. Second row Stow ’n Go bucket seats that fold into the floor, power sliding side doors and a power liftgate are added, standard. Navigation and forward collision warning with automatic braking are new options.

Voyagers also get the new heavy-duty cabin air filter.

 
 
 
 

2022 Dodge Model Year Changes
  
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Challenger

2022 Dodge Challenger stock photo

A Deluxe Alarm System is offered.

Charger

2022 Dodge Charger

A Deluxe Alarm System is offered.

Durango

2022 Dodge Durango stock photo

They told us the Durango SRT Hellcat was a one-year only model, but it's still sad to see it gone. Now the 475-horsepower SRT is the most powerful Durango.

Three-row 7-passenger seating, power driver's seat, ParkSense rear parking sensors, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection are now standard on all models.

Maximum towing on R/T is now 8700 pounds with the Tow n Go Package and All-Wheel Drive.

A new Deluxe Alarm System is offered. A new N95 cabin air filter is standard.

 
 
 
 

2022 Cadillac Model Year Changes
  
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CT4

2022 Cadillac CT4 stock photo

Wireless phone charging, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert (Blind Spot Monitoring), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, and IntelliBeam (automatic high beams) are all now standard. Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Automatic Braking, and Reverse Automatic Braking are now standard on Premium Luxury and Sport.

Standard 2.0 loses two horsepower, now 235.

Super Cruise, a semi-autonomous system, is now offered on CT4 Premium Luxury and Sport.

Tire fill alert is new and standard; it will beep your horn when your tire pressure is just right to help filling it without a gauge.

CT4-V

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, courtesy Cadillac Pressroom

The long-awaited Blackwing version is here. With a 472-horsepower (8 more than its predecessor) 3.6 twin turbo V6, power goes through a standard (pun intended) 6-speed manual or an optional 10-speed automatic. The automatic is quicker, of course. 15-inch front and 13.4 inch rear vented discs are in charge of braking. Line Lock is standard, a feature first offered on Mustang GT, it locks the front brakes down to allow a safe burnout to heat the rear tires before a drag race.

The CT4-V Blackwing differs from the standard CT4-V in 3 key ways: V6 twin turbo, standard manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive, only. The Blackwing also gets more standard equipment: cornering lights, heated steering wheel, heated front seats and navigation. Blackwing gets an exclusive power tilting and telescoping steering wheel. Surround Vision is not available on the Blackwing. Remote start is cancelled on CT-4 Blackwing with the manual transmission. The CT4-V Blackwing is not equipped with Automatic Start/Stop.

Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert (Blind Spot Monitoring), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, and IntelliBeam (automatic high beams) are all now standard on all CT4-V.

Adaptive Cruise Control, and Reverse Automatic Braking are now standard, but not available with manual transmission.

Super Cruise, a semi-autonomous system, is now offered on base CT4-V.

CT5

2022 Cadillac CT5 stock photo

Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert (Blind Spot Monitoring), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and IntelliBeam (automatic high beams) are all now standard. Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Automatic Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist, and Reverse Automatic Braking are now standard on Premium Luxury and Sport.

Super Cruise is offered here, too, available on Premium Luxury and Sport.

Advanced Security Package with its locking fuel door is no longer offered; it's now exclusive to the CT5-V Blackwing.

Same 2 horsepower are deducted from the base 2.0 turbo as on the CT4.

CT5-V

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, courtesy Cadillac Pressroom

The Blackwing arrives with a 6.2 supercharged V8 pumping out 668 horsepower, the most in a Cadillac ever. The pushrod engine shared with Chevrolet connects to a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic, and automatic start/stop is eliminated. Massive 15.7-inch front and 14.7 rear brakes are in charge of stopping, with drilled carbon ceramic versions available. Grip is provided by 275/35ZR19 front and 305/30ZR19 rear summer performance tires (a shortened rear axle keeps the rubber under the fenders.). Line-lock will make burn-out craving Mustang owners feel right at home. The modifications increase body length by a smidge over an inch.

Blackwing gets additional standard equipment, including navigation, HD Surround Vision, Surround Vision Recorder, 12-inch reconfigurable digital gauge cluster, heads-up display, massaging, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, 

Power tilt/telescoping steering column, Adaptive Cruise Control, Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front and Rear Park Assist, Reverse Automatic Braking and IntelliBeam headlights are now standard. Adaptive Cruise, Reverse Automatic Braking and Remote Start are deleted and Automatic Parking Assist isn't offered on Blackwing with the manual transmission.

Super Cruise, GM's advanced, semi-autonomous driving system, is now optional on V6 CT5-V, not on Blackwing.

The Advanced Security Package with locking fuel filler door is no longer optional on V6 CT5-V, but is standard on Blackwing.

Escalade

2022 Cadillac Escalade ESV stock photo

A new standard air filter for the passenger cabin removes finer particles.

A new, selectable feature in the Teen Driver settings is "Buckle to Drive." Similar to systems implemented under federal law in 1974 then repealed, it will not allow vehicle to be shifted into gear unless the driver is belted. Can be turned off in the settings menu and it times out after 20 seconds.

Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist are now standard on all models.

Due to chip shortages, the standard 6.2 V8 will not have an automatic start/stop system. The optional 3.0 diesel will continue to have start/stop with a disabling switch.

XT4

2022 Cadillac XT4

The 2.0-turbo 4-cylinder is rated two horsepower lower: 235.

Rear windows now feature automatic one-touch down controls.

XT5

2022 Cadillac XT5 stock photo

Same two horsepower reduction in the base 2.0 turbo engine.

A Radiant package includes body-colored Cadillac badges, chrome 20-inch wheels, chrome grille and illuminated door sills.

Ventilated front seats are no longer standard on Premium Luxury and Sport, they're optional.

Sport models get new Brembo brakes at the front.

XT6

2022 Cadillac XT6 stock photo

Blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, driver's outside dimming rearview mirror, memory driver's seat and mirrors are now standard.

Sport models get new Brembo brakes at the front.

The Sport's optional P265/45R21 tires on 21-inch wheels are now also available on Premium Luxury models.

 
 
 
 

2022 MINI Model Year Changes
  
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All MINI models will come standard with SiriusXM Satellite radio.

Clubman

2022 MINI Cooper Clubman

A new lane departure warning system is stadard on all models, as is satellite radio. A larger infotainment system (almost nine inches) is now standard.

The John Cooper Works Clubman has its top speed  governor raised to 155 MPH.

Cooper Convertible

2022 MINI Cooper Convertible

New bumpers, front and rear fascias, wheels and grille are some of the exterior enhancements to the Cooper Convertible for 2022. LED headlights are now standard and the fog lights have been removed. Three new colors–Island Blue, Rooftop Grey and Zesty Yellow–have been added.

Fuel mileage rartings are up this year.

Lane Departure Warning is a new feature and it's standard. A heated steering wheel is a new feature, standard on Iconic trims.

The infotainment screen grows to 8.8 inches and the user interface has been redesigned.

Cooper Hardtop

2022 MINI Hardtop 2 Door

All of the same visual changes are bestowed on the 2022 Cooper Hartop 2 Door and 4 Door as the Convertible. In addition to new colors, a special new roof paint is offered: a gradually changing gradient that goes from deep blue to light blue to black. Overall length is almost an inch longer. 

2022 MINI Hardtop 2 Door roof

Foglights are no longer offered. LED headlights, SiriusXM Satellite radio and lane departure warning are standard. As is the trend, a gloss back finish is an available option for the door handles, fuel filler lid, exhaust tips, MINI logos and model name badges.

The Hardtop also gets a standard 8.8-inch infotainment system. A heated steering wheel is an option.

Cooper SE

2022 MINI Cooper SE from MINI BUILDER

Cooper SE models also lose their foglights as they receive new fascias. The doors receive deeper convex curves.

Range is up by four miles, to 114, minimal by present competitive standards.

Cooper SE also receive a heated steering wheel, but as standard, not an option. Cooper SE also gets standard lane departure warning and SiriusXM satellite radio.

Countryman

2022 MINI Countryman 

Top speed of the John Cooper Works Countryman is raised to 155 MPH through reprogramming of the governor.

A heated steering wheel is now available. Lane departure warning and satellite radio are now standard.

 
 
 
 

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