REV Group announced the launch of a camera-based blind spot detection system. According to a press release, the system combines both blind spot detection and lane change assistance by utilizing integrated higher resolution cameras within Velvac mirrors. Blind spot detection will be a standard feature on REV’s Class A diesel products and as an option on the Class A gas products for model year 2020.
Velvac’s intelligent detection technology monitors and alerts drivers via a visual blind spot icon located in the mirror glass. It can also provide drivers with an additional visual image in the monitor displaying the adjacent lane, thus eliminating the blind spot.
The blind spot detection system will increase driver awareness, allowing them to make safer lane changes and reduce the occurrence of RV sideswipes. REV’s installment of blind spot detection is a part of a larger, companywide initiative to incorporate safety-related technologies into their vehicles, the release stated.
“The primary focus at REV RV is safety first. Blind spot detection has become a must buy for new car owners, and the same concern for safety applies to the recreational vehicle market,” stated Don Gephart, marketing manager for REV Group’s Class A motorhome division. “We want to be the leader in safety and innovation in the industry, adding the blind spot detection from Velvac is just another step toward that goal”, continued Gephart.
“We have put a lot of thought into the inclusion of blind spot detection on our coaches. The fact is, there are more new drivers on the road, and as a result, the occurrence of accidents are likely to increase. Driving an RV on congested roads can be a challenge to many RV owners and we believe that any additional visual cue that we can provide them will increase their chances of having no incidents on the way to their destination.”