The company has announced it is launching a prototype in the US, with the goal of providing technology to assist drivers.
Key points:The blind spot monitors will be used to help with blind spots in cars that are blind to their owners, but can’t see where they areThe sensors will be mounted on the steering wheel, in front of the driver and will be able to detect a driver’s head position, and automatically activate their dashboard warning light, if they are near a blind spot.
The sensors are attached to the vehicle’s steering wheel with a small pin.
Drivers who can see the sensors will have their dashboard light activate.
In Australia, the technology will be installed on a new generation of blind spot sensors, and it will be marketed to insurance companies.
“The sensors have to be connected to the car, so the driver will have to sit in front.
There will be no need for a handbrake,” said Steve Leavitt, CEO of VisionLink, which manufactures the sensors.”
There will be a dashboard warning that will go off in a flash if there’s a driver near a pedestrian,” he said.”
And that is an automatic activation.”
Leavitt said VisionLink was testing a small fleet of VisionLite vehicles.
“We’ve been testing them on a pilot basis in the past year, and have now moved into production,” he added.
“What we have found is that there’s been no loss of driver safety.”
In the US alone, more than 1.6 million vehicles are blind spot monitored.
A pilot program is in place for VisionLink vehicles in the UK, which have already seen their number of blind spots increase from 100,000 in 2015 to nearly 700,000 today.
“It’s a very small number of cars and we think that’s probably because we’ve done so much testing and we’ve found that we’ve actually had more success in detecting drivers who are blind than drivers who aren’t,” Leaviss said.
“That’s a big difference.”
Driverless cars are set to become a reality in Australia in 2020.
Driving without a driver is estimated to cost the economy $20 trillion.
The Blind Spot Sensor is expected to cost less than $5,000.