California Car Sounds and Tint in Campbell carries an extensive line of driver safety solutions. The features and technologies that used to be exclusive to luxury vehicles are now available to almost anyone. Using OEM-grade technology, we can add a camera- or sensor-based blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning system to almost any vehicle. Read on to find out what options are available to make your daily commute safer.
Sensor-based Blind Spot Monitoring Systems
Volvo debuted blind spot monitoring systems, also known as blind spot information, in 2007 on the S80 Sedan. Ford, the parent company of Volvo at the time, quickly added the system to several Lincoln, Ford and Mercury models. The original system used sensors in the doors to monitor either side of the car for the presence of other vehicles. Modern systems, both OEM and the aftermarket products we offer, use sensors mounted behind the rear bumper cover to alert the driver to vehicles. Several of our systems also offer cross-traffic alerts, so you will receive a warning if someone is approaching while you are backing out of a parking spot.
Blind spot systems work in two ways. When the system detects a vehicle beside you, a compact LED indicator illuminates to let you know someone is there. We typically mount these indicators in the vehicle A-pillar, but we will consult with you to choose an optimum location.
If you activate your turn signal while someone is beside you, the system will provide an audible warning to remind you to check your mirrors or over your shoulder.
Camera-based Blind Spot Warning
Another option is for us to install cameras on your rearview mirror. The cameras point rearward, allowing you to see objects beside your vehicle. As soon as you activate the turn signal, the associated camera image will appear on a screen. We can connect these systems to many OEM infotainment screens or install a new rearview mirror with an integrated monitor.
Contrasting camera and sensor systems, you need to remember to look at the camera when changing lanes. The sensor-based systems provide an audible alert if someone is in your blind spot as soon as you turn on your signal.
Lane Departure and Collision Avoidance Systems
If you thought that KITT from Knight Rider was far-fetched, you may be in for a bit of a surprise. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are available for almost any vehicle from Mobileye. Mobileye was a fundamental partner in the creation of the self-driving capabilities found on Tesla vehicles.
For the aftermarket, Mobileye offers several products that use camera-based information along with their proprietary image processing technology to provide warnings when you are leaving your lane, approaching another vehicle too quickly, or at risk of colliding with a pedestrian or cyclist. The system provides up to 2 seconds of warning to take corrective action.
Unlike many OEM systems, aftermarket solutions do not interface with the steering or braking to take corrective action. With that said, the advanced warnings are incredibly accurate, and the early warnings can truly be the difference between a relaxing drive and having to call 911.
Expert Installation Services
As important as product quality is, the way we integrate driver safety solutions into your vehicle is of equal importance to their functionality and reliability. Our team of expert technicians works on automotive electrical and electronic systems every day. We understand the proper techniques to mount equipment, route wiring and make electrical connections to ensure maximum performance and excellent longevity.
Learn More about Driver Safety Solutions at California Car Sounds and Tint
If you live in the San Jose area, drop by California Car Sounds and Tint to find out what safety and collision avoidance systems are available for your vehicle. You can also reach us by phone at 408-378-0409 or by e-mail using our online contact page.