Mazda Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
What Is Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)?
Mazda Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system is designed to assist the driver by monitoring the rear blind spots on both sides of the vehicle, in certain situations, such as when changing lanes on roads and freeways.
How Does Blind Spot Monitoring Work?
The BSM system uses radar sensors which monitor the detection areas on both rear sides of the vehicle, when the vehicle speed is approx. 32 km/h or more, it then notifies the driver of any vehicles in the detection area by illuminating the BSM warning light.
Working at a distance of up to 8 metres behind the vehicle, when the system detects a car in your hazard zones or “blind spots”, it displays a solid indication lamp on the side mirror associated to the side the hazard is on.
If you indicate to change lanes, you will be alerted by a warning beep set off by the system and the indication light in the side mirror will begin to flash, warning that it is unsafe to change lanes.
The alert beep volume can be adjusted or turned off via settings in the MZD connect system. Simply go to the settings application, scroll across to the safety tab and select Blind Spot Monitoring Volume from the list. This will allow you to set to high, low or switch off.
How To Turn Off BSM
If you would like to switch off the Blind Spot Monitoring System completely. This can be done by pressing the button on the lower right hand side of the dash as shown in the image. Pressing again will turn BSM on again.
With Mazda taking a serious focus on safety, the Blind Spot Monitoring System is a well crafted feature. Offering peace of mind when driving in high traffic or low visibility areas.
I have also had feedback from customers who have experienced assistance from BSM in severe weather such as rains and fog.
Which Cars Have Blind Spot Monitoring?
Currently the feature is a standard in certain top of the range models such as Mazda 3 Astina, Mazda 6 Atenza, CX-3 Akari, CX-5 Akera and CX-9 Grand Touring. Blind Spot Monitoring is also available as a safety pack option on other models of the Mazda 3, 6, CX-3 and CX-5 range.