Blind Spot technology now on Ford S-Max, Galaxy

The Ford S-Max and Galaxy will be launched this month complete with a new Blind Spot Information System which will use radar to detect vehicles, including motorbikes, in the blind spot zone.

If the system detects a vehicle, an LED light on the wing mirror will notify the driver of the presence of the vehicle and reduce the likelihood of an accident.

The technology will be offered as a £325 extra option with the S-Max and Galaxy at launch, and Ford has promised to offer the system in the next generation Ford C-Max and Focus when they are unveiled within the next year.

"In busy traffic, it’s very easy to lose sight of vehicles when they move into your blind spot," said Dr Torsten Wey, Ford’s driver assistance technologies supervisor.

"With its distinctive warning light, this system helps drivers to think twice before switching lanes or changing direction without checking their blind spot, hopefully preventing a collision or a near miss."

Ford claims the technology, employed in Lincoln and Mercury vehicles in the US as well as the Ford models, was designed as a reaction to customer demand.

During clinical testing of the Blind Spot Mirror, Ford reported nearly 76 per cent of customers felt more confident when driving.

The Ford models will join cars such as the Mazda6 in using technology to identify vehicles in the blind spot while driving.