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Back Up Sensors In
Cars and Trucks
Many newer cars, trucks, and Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are equipped with Backup sensors. These sensor systems warn the driver of objects and people behind the vehicle when backing up. This can prevent the driver from hitting people or backing into objects, causing damage.
Backup Sensor systems use electronic waves to locate and determine distance to objects in the path of the vehicle. The system automatically activates when the vehicle is shifted into reverse, and turns off when the vehicle is taken out of reverse. Acting much like radar at an airport, the system sends out electronic waves that bounce off objects or people in the path of the vehicle and then return to the vehicle sensors. The system then calculates the distance to the object and usually activates an audible alarm and warning lights in the vehicle.
Since SUVs, trucks, and even some cars have a large area directly behind the vehicle that the driver is unable to see, these backup sensors warn the driver about the presence of objects or people in that area. Some things that may be in this blind area are small children, bicycles, parking posts, fire hydrants, and curbs. Nobody wants to run over a child, and the sensor system will warn the driver even if the child moves into the path of the vehicle after it begins to move. Running into stationary objects can cause expensive damage to the rear of vehicles.
Backup Sensors are widely used on vehicles with large blind spots, including some commercial semi-trucks. This technology has added an extra margin of safety to trucks as well as minivans and SUVs. It has reduced accidents involving people, especially children, who are not tall enough to be seen in the standard rear view mirrors, as well as preventing collisions with stationary objects.
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