Kia has revealed details of the brand’s new Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM) technology which is included in the all-new Sorento.
Unlike the usual Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) which alerts us of a vehicle in the blind spot via an amber light or a beep, Kia’s BVM system displays a high-resolution video feed on the TFT-LCD screen in the instrument panel when the driver indicates to change lanes.
The BVM also enhances drivers’ vision on both sides of the car when driving on the road, and is linked with the car’s turn signal.
The video of the blind spot briefly takes the place of either the speedometer or tachometer 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.
The Sorento is the first Kia vehicle in Europe to offer this advanced driving assistance feature, one of a range of functions enabled by the car’s new fully-digital ‘Supervision’ 12.3-inch instrument cluster.
With a high-definition 1920×720-pixel display, Kia’s ‘Supervision’ digital instrument cluster replaces conventional speedometer and tachometer dials with a single, seamless display, incorporating pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds.
Kia’s BVM technology is currently being offered to buyers in Europe as 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, as well as a Bose Performance Series audio system.
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