Who Invented Blind Spot Detection System For Cars

Blind spot detection is a technology that helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles that are not visible in their rearview mirrors or side mirrors. It is a useful feature that can reduce the stress and risk of changing lanes or merging on busy roads. But who invented this innovative system and how did it evolve over time?

The concept of blind spot detection can be traced back to a 1995 paper by George Platzer, an engineer who worked for Ford Motor Company. Platzer proposed a method of adjusting the side mirrors on a car to eliminate the blind spots on the sides. He also patented a blind spot monitor that used cameras and radar sensors to detect vehicles in the blind spot area and alert the driver with a visual or audible signal. Platzer's paper was presented to the Society of Automotive Engineers, but his method was often overlooked in driver's education classes and by car manufacturers1

The first commercial implementation of blind spot detection was by Volvo, a Swedish automaker that was owned by Ford at the time. Volvo introduced the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) on the 2003 Volvo XC90 SUV, which used optical sensors mounted on the door mirror housings to check the blind spot area for an impending collision. Volvo won an AutoCar Safety and Technology award for the introduction of this feature12

Since then, blind spot detection has become more widespread and advanced, with many automakers offering their own versions of the system. Some examples are:

Blind spot detection is one of the many safety features that have improved the driving experience and reduced the risk of accidents. It is a testament to the ingenuity and innovation of the engineers who invented and developed this technology.


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