London, England – Blind spot detection systems (BSD), originally found only in top-of-the-line vehicles, will probably be in 25 per cent of vehicles worldwide by 2016, according to ABI Research.

BSD systems began to appear around 2005, with Volvo leading the way. In 2011, such systems will be available on high-volume models such as the 2012 Ford Focus. ABI Research expects annual BSD installations to reach 20 million by 2016, with a worldwide market value of over $12 billion.

“Blind spot detection has struggled for recognition in its early days as a stand-alone application, perhaps because it has been unfairly classified as a feature for less-competent drivers,” said principal analyst David Alexander. “But now the feature is becoming more popular because it’s now better understood that the experienced driver can activate the turn signal to execute an extra check before changing lanes.”

More recently, additional functionality has made the BSD option even more attractive, including the emergence of cross-traffic alert, which the firm said is probably the most significant.

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