The blind spot mirror is one safety measure Ford plans to introduce for 2009
The blind spot mirror is one safety measure Ford plans to introduce for 2009.

Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has announced two new systems for increased visibility, with a Blind Spot Mirror and Cross Traffic Alert with Blind Spot Monitoring System that will arrive in 2009.

“Ford is delivering innovative features aiding in a better drive experience for the customer,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development. “The Blind Spot Mirror and Cross Traffic Alert with Blind Spot Monitoring System are enhancing the customer ownership experience and bringing more value to their purchase.”

Ford will be the first to market with the Blind Spot Mirror, an affordable technology that will first launch early in 2009 and help drivers as they change lanes or parallel park. It will be offered on many future vehicles as standard equipment. The outside rearview mirror includes a secondary convex spotter in the top outer corner aimed exclusively at the driver’s blind spot.

The Cross Traffic Alert with Blind Spot Monitoring System is a radar-based blind spot detection system with the additional capability to help drivers back out of a parking space, even when traffic is approaching from the sides. The system will be optional and will be added through the model line-up. It uses two multiple beam radar modules in the rear quarter panels that will indicate when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot and warns that a vehicle is approaching.

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