Daimler, the truck division of automaker Mercedes-Benz, has introduced Blind Spot Assist, a radar-based system that alerts truck drivers to imminent danger of collision on any portion of the vehicle's blind spot. With trucks getting increasingly big, this technology could help drivers stay on top of their blind spots.
The Mercedes-Benz Blind Spot Assist system alerts the driver to dangers when turning corners, even taking into account the tractrix curve -- the curve along which towed trailers move when pulled along horizontally. The system warns of the danger of colliding with other vehicles as well as stationary objects.
To achieve this, the system uses a radar sensor positioned ahead of the passenger-side rear axle and aligned to be able to scan the entire span of the truck or truck/trailer including up to two meters in front of the vehicle.