Mercedes' BlindSpot Assist, in Depth

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Who hasn't been there. You're talking on the phone, eating a falafel, texting with your homies, thinking about your next pinochle play, smoking a cigar, imagining Nigella Lawson naked in a dumpster full of clotted cream, taking a bath, plotting world domination and trying to drive at the same time. Next thing you know, a large, rocket-propelled can of pork shoulder caroms off your side window, scaring your sleeping grandfather half to death. If you had Mercedes' new Blind Spot Assist, you'd have seen that can coming and been able to take evasive action, saving grandpa's wits. The new system uses six short-range radar sensors in the front and rear bumpers, which monitor zones circling the vehicle.If the system detects an object in the any of the zones, a warning symbol appears on the rearview mirror. Ignoring the warning causes the symbol to flash, and triggers an audible warning. The system is an option on an option on S- and CL-Class models. Use as directed. [via Benz Insider]



@Team Green!: i'm all for better driver training and harder testing.

however, yesterday i was on the highway, and this dude in a Benz was honking at the S-10 in front of him for going too slow (S-10 guy was going 70 in a 55 zone.) then someone in a Range Rover cut across 3 lanes without signaling, blew past me at about 80, then cut back across to the left lane (again without signaling).

considering all that happened in just half a mile, i too was wishing for the future where cars could drive themselves. i doubt it makes sense for every driver or on every type of road, but i would love to give the inattentive drivers the option of having their cars drive themselves on the highways, just for the piece of mind...

that is, assuming the technology is ready.