An overlooked danger: the front blind spot

By March 1, 2021 No Comments


A lot of driver’s most favorite cars have a hidden blind spot, which increases the risk of children being injured or killed. Safety advocates say that the large blind spot in front of the car has caused hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, and they are now trying to warn consumers.

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It is hard to imagine if you killed your own or other people’s children simply because you don’t see them. The reality is that this type of tragedy has happened numerous times all over the world. A 7-year-old boy was killed by his neighbor when she was pulling her SUV into the driveway.  A 15-month-old was killed by his grandfather when he was running after a basketball, and his grandfather didn’t see him at all when he was trying to move a van a few feet forward. It all happened in a second, a second that can not be changed forever. 

13 Investigators measured the front blind spots of many popular vehicles, from family cars and minivans to large SUVs and full-size pickup trucks. Test results showed that the front blind zone of most SUVs, minivans and light trucks is between 5 and 10 feet long, which is 2 to 3 times larger than the front blind zone of most cars and compact cars (when the driver sits in a normal seat) Time). The grille and hood of some larger SUVs and pickup trucks are more than 4 feet above the ground, which is taller than the average 7-year-old. Although a large vehicle with a taller seat can improve the driver’s ability to view objects at a distance, a larger front blind zone means that the field of view at a short distance directly in front of the vehicle is impaired.


Front-viewing cameras can help!


In order to combat the front blind zone, many car manufacturers now provide front cameras to help the driver detect hidden objects in front of the wheels. In the past three years, the number of vehicles using front camera technology has grown steadily, but these cameras are still optional equipment on most new cars. The vast majority of vehicles currently on the road do not have them.


Acumen introduces a 3-channel digital rearview mirror that provides live feed of the camera. M3 features 3 cameras 1080p full HD recording, with the third camera mounted on the front license plate, M3 provides a near ground level view of the object in front of the wheels. With a simple swipe on the screen, the driver can easily toggle between the front, rear and front license plate camera. Acumen hopes that the introduction of the M3 can help eliminate the front blind zone and thus reduce frontover tragedies.

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