2015 Kia K900: Useful Blind-Spot Indicators in the Head-Up Display
February 6, 2015
Although blind-spot monitoring doesn't come standard on the 2015 Kia K900, our test car has it, and I think it's fair to assume the majority of K900s found on dealer lots will have it, too. (Only a base K900 would be without it.) But there's a further upgrade to the blind-spot monitoring system which I think is pretty cool and not found on many other cars. If you have the K900's optional head-up display, you get blind-spot notifications there, too.
Normally, blind-spot monitoring systems display warning lights either directly in the mirrors or in the mirror housings. This is true for the K900's system as it has the typical little yellow indicator lights in the mirrors that illuminate when vehicles are approaching from the rear on the left or right side of the vehicle. On the K900 with the Luxury style/package, though, you get a head-up display (HUD) that can also display blind-spot indicators.
I've found these blind-spot HUD indicators to be more useful than the typical mirror-based ones because they are closer to my normal view ahead. Instead of having to partially take my eyes off the road to check one of the side mirrors and/or see if the blind-spot indicator icon is illuminated, all I have to do is slightly shift my gaze to the HUD display to see if the blind-spot indicators are on. The upshot is that it can potentially improve safety by allowing me to keep my eyes directly ahead.
This isn't to say that you wouldn't ever check your mirrors again with this system. Blind-spot monitoring is just an assisting feature and I still use our K900's mirrors as the primary way to know where the traffic is around me. But those blind-spot icons in the head-up display are certainly an added bonus. Even if I'm not planning on changing lanes, they can supply me with easily accessible information about what kind of traffic might be behind or to the sides of me.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,910 miles