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I have posted before about the blind spot warning system in my Gen 2 --the pathetic amber micro light in each rearview mirror-- and how it is essentially useless- poor for attention-getting in daylight and lost in a sea of reflected headlights at night. But there is hope: I have just seen the perfect-for-me system at work in a new Nissan Rogue ad on TV. A red LED in the small black triangular plastic piece inboard of the mirror lights up and an audible beep sounds when a car enters the blind spot. So simple. I plan to retrofit my Volt as soon as I learn how to remove the door panels without damage. Come on, Chevy, make this change. It should cost less than the fancy mirror now required. And DOT: mandate this as a a U.S. standard.
 

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In the new Mazda's, they have a yellow icon that appears in the upper corner of the mirror and an loud audible tone in the cabin if you active your blinker while there is a car in your blind spot. Honda has a camera in the mirror and displays the video on your infotainment screen when you activate the blinker. Alternatively, you could just turn your head slightly and check ;-)
 

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In the new Mazda's, they have a yellow icon that appears in the upper corner of the mirror and an loud audible tone in the cabin if you active your blinker while there is a car in your blind spot. Honda has a camera in the mirror and displays the video on your infotainment screen when you activate the blinker. Alternatively, you could just turn your head slightly and check ;-)
I can see people trusting the tech and getting out of the habit of doing the shoulder check. I've avoided a few serious accidents where where motorcycles and cars were coming up fast (easily 100+ mph) while I was driving the speed limit. Had I not carefully looked in the mirrors and performed themover the shoulder check and jettisoned the lane change attempt, there would have been a serious accident. Crazy Chicagoland drivers....
 

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If you adjust your rear-view mirrors properly, you don't need a blind spot warning.
This. One less thing to go wrong.

We had both sensors short in our Cruze and it took down the MyLink screen and the cluster.
 

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Nissan Rogue ad on TV. A red LED in the small black triangular plastic piece inboard of the mirror lights up and an audible beep sounds when a car enters the blind spot.
In the new Mazda's, they have a yellow icon that appears in the upper corner of the mirror and an loud audible tone in the cabin if you active your blinker while there is a car in your blind spot.
Please oh please NO TONES. Last thing on Earth I need in a car is more noise. Now, a gently vibrating steering wheel like some Mercedes I had, ah now THAT is nice.
 

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If you adjust your rear-view mirrors properly, you don't need a blind spot warning.
This. One less thing to go wrong.
Why can’t you just adjust your mirrors and look over your shoulder?
+1 My thoughts precisely.
In some vehicles, you just can't really see anything over your shoulder, and many simply do not look over their shoulder anyway. Plus some mirrors don't really cover everything, especially since OEMs seem to have ditched the "objects are larger than they appear" convex mirrors.
Mostly you need blind spot warning because
a) people don't know how to adjust their mirrors, and inevitably have them showing the whole side of their car
b) people are NOT going to magically start learning how to adjust their mirrors
--> blind spot warning can help prevent accidents

What I'd like is the cross-traffic behind you in a parking lot warning, that is a situation where sometimes you simply cannot see at all.
 

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In some vehicles, you just can't really see anything over your shoulder, and many simply do not look over their shoulder anyway. Plus some mirrors don't really cover everything, especially since OEMs seem to have ditched the "objects are larger than they appear" convex mirrors.
Mostly you need blind spot warning because
a) people don't know how to adjust their mirrors, and inevitably have them showing the whole side of their car
b) people are NOT going to magically start learning how to adjust their mirrors
--> blind spot warning can help prevent accidents

What I'd like is the cross-traffic behind you in a parking lot warning, that is a situation where sometimes you simply cannot see at all.
So back in.... Simple problem with a very simple solution.
 

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Charge port is in the front. And in a non-trivial number of places, parking in a stall so that your rear plate and registration sticker is not visible is illegal and a ticketing offense.
Not in the US... And the cords are typically 20’-25’. Plenty long.
 
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