When you see a motorist haphazardly maneuver in the direction of their blind spot, there’s usually one of two kinds of people behind the wheel: a) A battle-hardened driver who just doesn’t give a hoot anymore, or b) a lousy driver—people who are just plain inattentive and unaware of their surroundings.
Person A is pretty much a lost cause. There’s still hope for person B, however—a chance that perhaps, with experience, they’ll become more careful drivers, or that they will one day afford a Kia equipped with the Korean manufacturer’s new Blind-Spot View Monitor.
The Blind-Spot View Monitor is, in Kia’s own words, “a second pair of eyes” in the form of fancy cameras hidden inside each side mirror housing and a high-resolution video feed of blind spots displayed on the left or right of the car’s TFT-LCD instrument cluster. To activate it, all you have to do is signal a lane change, and the video feed will temporarily take the place of the speedometer or tachometer.
Kia’s Blind-Spot View Monitor is already available in the European-spec Sorento, but expect this feature to roll out to other markets as well.
Frankly, a driver being aware of his or her blind spots shouldn’t have to come down to an expensive new safety feature. Just pay attention to your surroundings, people. This reminds us, all that fancy tech will be for naught if a driver can’t be bothered to use a vehicle’s turn signals. Oh well.