Blind spots contribute to more than 800,000 accidents and 300 deaths each year. In an effort to reduce these tragic statistics, automakers have taken advantage of new technologies, including radar systems, cameras, and vehicle sensors, to develop blind spot detection systems, also known as blind spot monitoring systems. But do they really prevent accidents?
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The short answer is yes, but don’t rely upon them completely. Blind spot detection systems are optional upgrades on most new vehicles, and experts have speculated that they will become standard features in the near future. Although multiple studies have proven the efficacy of these systems, they do have limitations, and Forbes warns drivers that relying on blind spot detection instead of actually checking their blind spots could lead to an accident.
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