Latest Kia Sorento detects obstacles in blind spots during lane changes and displays camera view on the digital dashboard.
Kia is making its contribution to the elimination of blind spots using sensor and camera technology on the new Kia Sorento model. The “Blind-Spot View Monitor” (BVM) technology is described by Kia as a second pair of eyes for drivers to enhance safety both for the occupants of the car and for other road users, particularly vulnerable road users such as cyclists. The technology works by eliminating a driver’s left and right hand side blind spots at the mirrors.
Advanced Driver Assist
The Sorento is the first Kia vehicle in Europe to offer this advanced driving assistance (ADAS) 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 on both sides of the car when driving on the road, and is linked with the car’s indicator operation.
The system 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 vehicle hidden in their blind spot. The video of the blind spot briefly takes the place of either the speedometer or rev counter dial display (or the hybrid system gauge in Sorento Hybrid models), while still showing the driver the vehicle’s current speed. The video feed comes from discreet wide-angle, high-resolution cameras, one hidden 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.
Kia’s BVM technology is 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.
Kia’s “Supervision” digital instrument cluster is designed to deliver information to drivers as clearly as possible. With a high-definition 1920×720-pixel display, the digital cluster replaces conventional speedometer and tachometer dials with a single, seamless display, incorporating pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds.