High-Tech Safety Features That Watch Your Back

Savvy drivers ask our DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara team most frequently about newfangled safety tech features like the blind-spot monitor. People wonder how it differs from other similar features, like lane-departure assist and lane-change warning. Here's a brief rundown for your info.

Same Feature, Different Name

"Blind-spot monitor" is the most widely used name for an auto safety tech feature also sometimes called lane-departure assist and lane-change warning. It refers to a series of lasers, mirrors and sensors that detect and alert you to moving vehicles entering or hovering in your blind spot.

The feature isn't standard, but it's often available as part of a driver-assist suite, typically bundled with other features that utilize similar tech. Blind-spot monitors are especially useful when driving through tight Santa Barbara streets or down the highway, preventing up to 23% of crash injuries in 2015, according to the IIHS.

From High-End to Basic Trim

Like all new auto tech, the blind-spot monitor started out on upper trims in high-end vehicles, such as the 2005 Volvo. Each year, the tech becomes more standard and more affordable, appearing as a standard safety feature even on the most basic trims. Luckily, you can see a spanking new, advanced blind-spot monitor in action today with a fun test drive at our dealership. We look forward to meeting you.


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