2009 Mazda 6: Blind Spot Monitor Redux
January 04, 2010
UPDATED 1.4.10 @ 1800
I did a post previously on our long-term 2009 Mazda 6's Blind Spot Monitor system.
But that was before youtube, or more accurately, before I got an account and figured out how to use it.
The Mazda 6's blind spot detection is radar-based with the sensors both in the mirror housing and at the leading edge of the rear bumper. The mirror housing sensors help locate target vehicles as they pull alongside. The icon in either of the side mirrors lights up when there's a car in your blindspot. If you flip the turn signal when a vehicle has been acquired, the icon flashes with an auditory alert.
It works fine, and I like knowing if a vehicle is in my blindspot, but the auditory alert can get a little annoying if you're cutting in and out of traffic.
The Audi blind spot detection in our long-term S5 has no auditory alert, which I prefer.
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 23,560 miles