The blindspot monitoring in this pickup knows when you’re towing a yacht


With the advancement of automotive technology, sensors will be everywhere in the future. Bridges know when you drive underneath, lane markings are equipped with 5G-enabled sensors that communicate with your vehicle and know when to drift. The car behind you even recognizes your bumper from a distance of several kilometers.

This kind of sensor activity is not feasible today, mainly because the infrastructure is not online in most cities (unless you count places like Las Vegas) or the sensors themselves are too expensive.

However, a reworked RAM Trucks pickup – the 2019 RAM 1500 tested by me for a week at a base price of $ 31,895 (about £ 26,000, $ 18,000) – comes with a unique blind spot monitoring system, which provides: Note how all this will work in the future.

Hidden dangers

The blind spot monitoring is not a new invention and has been known for some time. I've been testing cars until around 2009 that use sensors to determine if anyone is on the next lane. This is called blind spot monitoring because the car you are driving is partially obscuring cars in your area. It's so common that I'm surprised when no option is available for a vehicle.

In RAM 1500, it works a little differently. When you pull a trailer or a yacht, the sensors can scan all the way behind them and spot an oncoming vehicle on the next lane. (By the way, the function itself has a long name, it's called blind spot monitoring with detection of the rear crossway and the trailer.)

I really like how it works because you do not have to do anything. The sensors automatically detect a connected trailer or boat and continue to scan behind you.

In my tests, the blind spot monitoring has worked flawlessly. In a truck, this helps because you can not always see behind you or on the next lane. I have tested other trucks and have never seen the opportunity to scan beyond the truck itself. If you pull a motorhome that blocks your field of vision so you can not see the next lane, the advanced sensors help even more.

Communication with the street

In the future, sensors will know much more than just whether you have a yacht in tow and whether an Audi A5 is sneaking up next to you. The Audi will also tell you its location and you will receive a warning message when you try to change lanes. Suppose you are approaching an area that has a dividing line, which seems to be quite common. The curb itself communicates with your truck and points out that you need to avoid this part of the road.

In autonomous cars, all of this happens in real time, and the vehicles know each other, the roadway and all the obstacles along the way. We're closer than you might think – in Las Vegas, for example, the traffic lights can communicate with the car and warn you of a red traffic light. I tested this in an autonomous car. Once you've experienced it, it makes perfect sense and it's hard to imagine driving without these connections.

Right now I like the sensors in the RAM 1500. This is a stop-gap measure for the current driving technology, paving the way for more sensors so we can drive safer.

On road Trustedreviews's regular look at futuristic technology in today's hottest cars. John Brandon, a journalist who has been writing about cars for 12 years, tests a new car and its latest technology every week. One goal: to find out which new technologies we will use to our full potential self-driving cars,

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