The Ford Explorer is a celebrated mid-sized SUV. There are a lot of reasons for that, but one of the chief considerations are its safety inclusions. Among these features in the 2016 Platinum--now on our Seattle lot--are the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and cross-traffic alert. We’ll take a look at each in turn.
BLIS aids drivers In observing blind spots in normal conditions by utilizing the power of dual multiple-beam radar modules. These are located on each side of the Explorer’s rear quarter panels. They identify whenever an automobile enters the zone in question. Upon detection, an indicator light within the corresponding side view mirror alerts the vehicle operator. Smart!
The BLIS system’s dual radar modules are also used for cross-traffic detection. It notices whenever there is a vehicle moving at 5 MPH or greater within a 45-foot range of the rear of the car. It then alerts the driver—perfect for when backing out of a parking space, for example.