2019 Toyota Highlander Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
When most people think of safety features in Toyota, there are two that come to mind. The Star Safety System and the Toyota Safety Sense. There is, however, a relatively new safety feature that is sure to change how you drive. The Toyota Blind Spot Monitoring System. True to its name, this system serves as an extra pair of eyes and ears.
It allows you to be aware of areas that you would otherwise be blind to. The system includes a Blind Spot Monitor and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The two may seem indistinguishable but as we look at each in greater detail, the difference will become clear.
What Is BMS (Blind-spot Monitoring System)
BMS is a safety system that detects and notifies you about vehicles in your blind spot. It provides you with an extra pair of eyes, which gives you greater confidence when backing up. As stated earlier, the system is composed of two main features that work together to keep you safe.
The two features require each other to work properly, and you cannot have one without the other. They both have a common ‘ON’ and ‘OFF’ switch. This switch is probably the main thing that creates confusion for some drivers. Particularly when it comes to viewing the two features as one big safety system.
Blind Spot Monitor
The Blind Spot Monitor calls your attention to vehicles in your blind spot. The 2019 Toyota Highlander is among the newer Toyota models that have this feature. When driving, the lights on the relevant side mirror will light up to draw your attention to the vehicle on that side. If you switch the turn signal on, the light will flash if a car is in your blind spot.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
The Rear Cross Traffic Alert comes into play when reversing. Situations that come to mind are backing out of a driveway, parking lot, or any other parking space. It calls your attention to vehicles that may cross your path, from the left or right. Allowing you to avoid hitting a car that suddenly popped out of nowhere. Being a sizable car, the 2019 Toyota Highlander really benefits from these features.
Since the technology is new, there are a few limitations that need to be worked on. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert only works when you are backing up at speeds of 5 mph or less. It is also limited to detecting vehicles that are approaching at about 5 mph to a maximum of about 18 mph.
Such technological limitations are the reason why technology must never be used exclusively as a safety measure. Always use your signal and turn your head from time to time. The system is meant to complement how you drive; not re-invent the process in its entirety. When the Rear Cross Traffic Alert System detects an approaching vehicle, it sounds a warning tone and lights on the relevant side mirror will illuminate.
Turning on the system
To turn on the Blind Spot Monitoring System (BMS), find the BMS switch on the dashboard to the left side of your steering wheel. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert System and the Blind Spot Monitor are both turned on and off, simultaneously, by the BMS button.
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