2014 Nissan Rogue: Oversensitive Blind-Spot Monitor
February 9, 2015
Unlike some other modern safety features, I'm a fan of blind-spot monitors. This is especially true as cars get thicker and thicker roof pillars in order to meet roof strength tests. I'd like to think of myself as an attentive driver, but every now and then a blind-spot monitor will give me a beep just as I tap the turn signal. Yes, I use my signals, and so should you.
The problem is when a blind-spot monitor or any other safety system it triggered when no danger exists. Crying wolf gets old quick. Unfortunately, that's the case with our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue's blind spot monitor.
Before I go further, let me quickly describe highway lane designations. The number one lane is traditionally thought of as the fast lane, the leftmost lane on a highway. To the right of that is the number two lane, and so on.
I was traveling in the number three lane as I was merging onto a highway, signaling as I made my way left. Keeping a keen eye on my mirrors, the blind-spot monitor started beeping and flashing. I made a slight swerve back into the number three lane thinking that perhaps a fast moving car or motorcycle was trying to beat me out of that lane.
The Rogue's blind-spot monitor was picking up a car that was in the number one lane (not the adjacent lane). False alarm. Just in case it was an anomaly, I tried to replicate the same conditions on the way home. Sure enough, it kept beeping as it picked up a vehicle that was two lanes over.
Unlike lane departure warning systems that I usually disable, I'll probably keep the blind-spot monitor on in the Rogue, keeping in mind that it will send up false alarms occasionally. In traffic-ridden L.A., I think the rewards outweigh the risks.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 19,200 Miles