• Jul 10th 2007 at 10:27AM
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Valeo Raytheon Systems and General Motors have gotten together to develop a new blind spot detections system that's set to debut on certain Buick and Cadillac models for the 2008 model year.

The system, which is similar to those used by Volvo, takes in data about vehicles in the lanes next to the vehicle, calculates the distance, speed and position, and then triggers a light to illuminate on the vehicle's side mirror.

The press release after the jump doesn't indicate which vehicles will benefit from the system, but considering the average age of both brand's buyers, we're all for it.


Valeo Raytheon Systems Equips Two General Motors Vehicles With Blind Spot Detection

July 09, 2007 (4:29 PM EST)

PRNewswirePARIS, July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Vehicle safety and convenience is making a tremendous leap with the arrival of Blind Spot Detection to General Motors vehicles in the United States. Valeo Raytheon's Blind Spot Detection system, designed to facilitate lane change maneuvers by providing additional warning of vehicles in the blind spot during lane changes, will be available on select 2008 Cadillac and Buick vehicles. This technology recently received a 2007 PACE Award in the product innovation category.

Increasingly, automakers are recognizing the benefits of active safety systems and offering these technologies on new models. Blind spot detection is an important active driving assistance technology that can help improve drivers' awareness of their vehicles' surroundings, and make roads safer. The system operates by calculating the position, distance and direction of travel for vehicles in the adjacent lane of travel. It then alerts the driver of a potential hazard with a visible warning symbol that appears in the side view mirror.

Blind Spot Detection technology is an integral part of Valeo's Driving Assistance Domain that deploys ultrasonic, infrared and vision-sensing technologies toward the goal of achieving total 360-degree surveillance of a vehicle's immediate environment.

Valeo is helping to lead the way in developing innovative technologies that will provide drivers and passengers with a whole new driving experience. Valeo's driving assistance technologies offer solutions for safer vehicles and are intended to monitor the vehicle's perimeter, inform the driver and other road users about the vehicle's immediate environment and to initiate appropriate corrective actions.

Valeo is an independent industrial group dedicated to the design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for cars and trucks. It is one of the world's leading automotive suppliers. The Group has 131 production sites, 68 R&D centers, 9 distribution platforms, and employs 71,100 people in 29 countries worldwide.

For more information about the Group and its activities, please visit our web site www.valeo.com

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan has an overall higher safety rating than the Volvo S60. Saabs fly under the radar... but they are truly both safe and high performance vehicles.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about using the vehicle's lighting to generate a signal for blind spot detection?

      Check out the foillowing website:

      • 8 Years Ago
      Based on my experience, it's not the old drivers that need this. They don't switch lanes anyway. They'll sit in whatever lane they landed in regardless off traffic around them or lights flashing behind them telling them to move to the right or speed up and pass somebody. The ones that need it are the idiots that use full size trucks as daily drivers in the city and middle aged women in their gargantuan SUVs. Neither of those groups of drivers usually even bother to look for the 400lbm vehicle in the lane next to them or use their signal to at least warn him that they're about to try to run him over.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good. Buick and Cadillac drivers are the ones who need this system the most, but I worry though if people start relying on it and the system malfunctions. Lawsuits galore?
        • 8 Years Ago
        Buick and Cadillac received these options first because they are the General's two top brands. Within a couple of years this technology will trickle down through the rest of the lineup.

        What exactly is so wrong with having options? Many people, regardless of age would not mind having this feature on vehicles with large blindspots.

        Hell, these should be mandated as standard on all tractor trailers.

        Had Toyonda announced this everyone would be going "ooh.. aah"
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd be much more excited if all Buick models came with a "the driver is in the left lane driving 49 miles an hour with his/her left signal on for the last three miles so hey granny, won't you please please move over now" detection system. Then we could all cheer hip hip hurray! for GM. And just imagine the acronym!
      • 8 Years Ago
      well progress of these electronics is going wild and maybe heading towards a car that drives itself.

      they still need to test these system first though to assure they can be trusted and build reliably and also build trust in the population, so that when a self driving car comes along they will be accept it much easier.

      that's progress.

      for those of us that don't like electronics in a car, then just drive the way you know and don't buy these options, or turn them off once they are mendated from the gov't.

      Personally I don't mind turning my head - that's the best option IMO
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about stopping the designers from putting horse-blinder B/C pillars and uselessly tiny side mirrors on new cars instead? This is a car, not a submarine. Driving it via periscopes and sonar is not an option.
        • 8 Years Ago
        You're right, the SCC was a wonky looking car.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I remember Volvo had a concept car (which later turned into the C30) which the pillars are turned inwards on the inside and the front pillars are actually see-through. Some good ideas, but makes for a strange looking car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      What about Saabs?
      • 8 Years Ago
      This system on the GM cars is similar to the Audi system, they both use a radar to detect vehicles in the blind spot. The Volvo system uses a camera. Same theory but different implementation.
      But how is a camera going to work in heavy fog or rain?
      The Audi system does not activate until 40 mph so it is highway only.
      I do not know about the GM implematation sinc eit is not out yet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I applaud GM for this move. Depending on the automobile, mirrors are a hit-n-miss proposition although they are setup as best as one can to one's viewing. It is a pity we do mount the mirrors forward on the fenders as they used to do as that is still the best location for mirrors. I always turn my head to double-check, there is the occasional speeding driver that pops up from behind you need to watchout against.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've added a $1 small mirror on mine and it makes a huge difference. Biggest no-brainer here - I don't see why cars don't come equipped with an angle in the side mirrors or an extra one to cover the blind spot. Turning around when you're about the pass is just about the stupidest thing a person could do - what if the car in front brakes? Maybe the standard of looking back should change now that cars go faster than 30 mph.
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