How Kia Motors eliminates blind spots with new digital display
Kia has revealed the details of its new Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) technology included with the new Kia Sorento SUV. This ‘secondpair of eyes’ for drivers is designed to enhance safety for occupants and other road users by eliminating a driver’s left- and right-side blind spots.
Sorento is the first Kia vehicle in Europe to offer this advanced driving assistance feature, one of a range of functions enabled by the car’s new fully-digital‘Supervision’ 12.3-inch instrument cluster. BVM enhances drivers’ vision either side of the car when driving on a highway, and is linked with the car’s turnsignal.
It displays a high-resolution video feed on the left or right side of the TFT-LCD instrument cluster if the driver indicates to change lane with another vehiclehidden in their blind spot. The video of the blind spot briefly takes the place of either the speedometer or tachometer dial display (or the hybrid system gauge inSorento Hybrid models), while still showing the driver the vehicle’s current speed. The video feed comes from discreet wide-angle, high-resolution cameras, onehidden in each of the door mirror housings. These provide a wider viewing angle than the mirrors themselves to give drivers a clear view of the other vehicle.
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Kia’s BVM technology is offered to European Sorento buyers as part of a package which includes a Surround View Monitor and Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA),making low-speed parking manoeuvres as safe and easy as possible, as well as a Bose Performance Series audio system. This package of technologies is available onEuropean vehicles equipped with Kia’s Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) function. BCA helps drivers avoid colliding with vehicles in their blind spot andintervenes if it detects an impending crash.
Kia’s ‘Supervision’ digital instrument cluster is designed to deliver information to drivers as clearly as possible. With a high-definition 1920x720-pixeldisplay, the digital cluster replaces conventional speedometer and tachometer dials with a single, seamless display, incorporating pin-sharp digital dials forvehicle and engine speeds.
A multi-function display between the dials displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information, and in-depth trip information, as well as vehiclediagnostics alerts, and pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies.