A pioneering advertorial feature from the New Sprinter
Pioneers are known for leading the way, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to be aware of what’s going on behind and beside them. The New Sprinter – the Original Pioneer – is no exception. So although it’s out in front in its sector, it features a valuable safety option to keep an eye on what’s behind.
Blind Spot Assist is one of several innovative safety options available as part of the New Sprinter’s optional Driving Assistance package, and it’s one which addresses a problem van drivers are only too aware of.
Though the drivers in your fleet may be the ones in a hurry on a tight schedule, they’re far too professional to take risks on the road. But when other road users take risks around them, they need to be alert to the dangers: or their schedule, their vehicle, and even their job could be compromised.
A cyclist trying to sneak up on the nearside, or a car pulling out to overtake on the offside, are common hazards that optional Blind Spot Assist (available for New Sprinter Panel Van and Traveliner models), is designed to help with.
With Blind Spot Assist fitted, you can not only be reassured about your drivers’ safety on the road, but also be more certain that they’ll have an incident-free day that lets them stay on the road, stay on schedule, and stay productive.
Even the most alert driver cannot see through solid metal. So Blind Spot Assist is designed to be the driver’s “eyes”, and to warn him if another vehicle or road user is hidden from his view.
Four close-range radar sensors, located near the B-pillar and rear bumper, provide extra “vision” for the driver in impossible to see areas. The sensors detect objects directly alongside the van and up to 3m diagonally behind. The feature is automatically active from a speed of 18mph upwards.
Sound and vision
Any object entering one of the monitored areas is detected instantly by the sensors and the driver is alerted.
Firstly, a flashing red triangle appears in the external mirror on the appropriate side of the vehicle. If the driver misses or ignores the warning and activates the turn indicator, the system then provides an audible in-cab alert.
Now the driver has been clearly warned that there is a road user in the blind spot and he should take immediate action.
Find out more for your fleet
Blind Spot Assist is only one of the sector-leading safety features available on the New Sprinter. And it’s only one of the advantages that make it the perfect upgrade for your fleet. With impressive fuel economy, lower whole life costs and higher residual values also in the mix, the New Sprinter really could be the far-seeing solution you are looking for.
To find out more about how the New Sprinter could fit your fleet and your budget, get in touch with our Fleet Business Centre here.