Bosch over the last two decades has made itself the market leader in ultrasonic sensors for motor vehicles. Following on from their design of the “parking assistant” which has became standard in most new cars around since 2006 have moved their technology forward to produce what they call the “side view assist” SVA. The SVA is designed to help car drivers when changing lanes by warning them of any dangers that may be in their ” blindspot”.
The technology works by registering objects that are three metres to the side and diagonally to the rear of a vehicle. It does this by using ultrasonic sensors that are positioned in the front and rear bumper of the car. If the sensors detect another vehicle within the three metre zone it alerts the driver by activating a light sensor on the side mirror of the same side the object is. If the driver doesn’t see the light signal and persists to indicate or change lane the SVA then gives out an audio warning similar to the parking assistan0t.
The SVA works between speeds of 10 – 140 kph and outside of this range it doesn’t warn the driver. The Bosh “side view assist” is another safety feature to add to Bosch’s ever growing portfolio.