Active Blind Spot Assist
Active Blind Spot Assist (ABSA) increases the level of protection even more by overcoming one of the biggest hazards on the road: vehicles entering your blind spot.
ABSA will try to prevent or mitigate the severity of collisions between you and vehicles entering blind spot zones. In order to do that, the system uses radar sensors placed on the rear bumper fascia to detect the presence of a vehicle. ABSA also uses the forward-facing camera placed behind the internal rear-view mirror that is used for lane detection and estimation.
Active Blind Spot Assist continually assesses the space between you and nearby vehicles by scanning blind spots on either side of your vehicle. When ABSA detects a vehicle entering your blind spot and you can’t see it in your side mirrors, the system will alert you by illuminating a warning light in the exterior door mirrors. In addition to that, it will sound an audible warning (chime) and reduce the radio volume, if the radio is on.
Along with a visual alert and an audible warning, Active Blind Spot Assist provides a corrective steering torque in an attempt to keep your vehicle in the centre of the lane: by changing your driving trajectory, ABSA can help you to avoid or mitigate potential side collisions with vehicles in adjacent lanes. You can always adapt the intensity of this corrective torque according to your preference.
The blind spot area
The blind spot area extends from immediately behind the exterior rear-view mirrors up to about 7 m (23 ft) behind the rear bumper. The ABSA system monitors the detection zone from three different entry points: side, rear, and overtaking traffic
- You must always pay attention to the traffic situation and maintain a safe distance at both sides of your vehicle.
- ABSA requires good visibility to function properly: the area on the rear bumper fascia where the radar sensors are located must remain free of snow, ice, and dirt.
- ABSA requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times in order to function.
- Sharp bends, slopes, poor lane boundaries and construction areas may challenge the system, therefore you must always be ready to prevent any danger.
Focus on: Rear Cross Path function
The Rear Cross Path function (RCP) is intended to assist you when you are backing out of a parking spot and a vehicle appears out of nowhere. Using peripheral sensors located on either side of the rear bumper, the RCP system monitors the rear detection zones on both sides of your vehicle.
When an unseen vehicle is approaching and you’re reversing out a parking space, the system will alert you with a visual and an audible warning. If the radio is on, it will also reduce the volume.
Always remember to proceed very slowly and cautiously out of a parking space until the rear end of the vehicle is moderately exposed.
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