Difference between Blind Spot Monitor & Rear Traffic Alert technology?

By Product Expert | Posted in Technology on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at 3:24 pm
2019 VW Atlas exterior front fascia and driver side in empty lot by beach

If you are looking for your next Volkswagen vehicle, it probably won’t come as a surprise to find it has a variety of driver-assist features. But what’s the difference between the Blind Spot Monitor and the Rear Traffic Alert technology features?

2019 VW Atlas exterior front fascia and driver side pulling camper on blurred roadHow Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert works

When your vehicle is equipped with the Blind Spot Monitor it functions when you are trying to switch lanes. When you turn on your turn signal on the highway and attempt to switch lanes, the Blind Spot Monitor senses if there is a vehicle in your blind spot and alerts you to it, enabling you to hold off on switching lanes until the vehicle passes you and it’s safe to switch lanes. If you have the Active Blind Spot Monitor your vehicle can help you steer back into your lane if it’s unsafe to switch lanes at the time.

On the other hand, the Rear Traffic Alert is not for the highway. Instead, it’s for when you are attempting to back up. Like the Blind Spot Monitor, the Rear Traffic Alert senses when there is a vehicle in your blind spot and lets you know when it’s unsafe to back up. This particular system can also help you brake if you need to.

Read more: Distracted Driver Awareness Month in Ventura, CA

Other technology features of 2019 Volkswagen vehicles

These two technology features aren’t the only driver-assist systems you can see on your Volkswagen vehicle. Check out our blog to learn more about the other driver-assist features you can find on your future vehicle.

If you have any questions about your future Volkswagen vehicle, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Ventura Volkswagen! Our team would love to tell you more about whatever vehicle has caught your attention.

One Response to “Difference between Blind Spot Monitor & Rear Traffic Alert technology?”

  1. david says:

    Does the rear deck on the new GLI reflect glare so badly that it blinds the driver, or did my dealer use Armor-all or something to cause this? Such a great car otherwise. It has blind spot monitor, thank goodness, because when the sun is behind the car, the rear view mirror and the whole back windshield are nothing but whited-out glare, like looking directly into the sun.

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