LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2007 -Magna International, the most diversified automotive supplier in the world, introduces Total BlindZoneManagement (TBZM). TBZM makes driving safer and more convenient by reducing blind zones all around a vehicle.
Blind zones around cars, trucks and SUVs pose a serious danger, causing more than 500,000 accidents, injuries or deaths each year. By combining camera technology, enhanced mirrors and lighting, blind zones around the vehicle are reduced, whether reversing or changing lanes.
“Our goal has always been to improve drivers’ safety, comfort and convenience,” says Carlos Mazzorin, president of Magna International’s Electronics Group. “Our Total BlindZoneManagement expands the vehicle’s field-of-view to make driving easier.”
TBZM is a complete package, which includes:
-ReversAid Rear Camera Systems. When the driver shifts into reverse, a Magna ReversAid camera displays a wide-angle image of the blind zone behind the vehicle. For eye-level convenience, the image can appear within the inside rear view mirror using a through-the-glass display or a patented slide-out LCD screen that retracts into the mirror housing when not in use. ReversAid is also available with integrated graphic overlays to assist with parking.
-BlindZoneMirror. A small convex mirror is integrated into the reflective surface of the driver’s side mirror to virtually eliminate the side blind zone, which makes changing lanes or merging easier.
-BabyVue. Like having eyes in the back of their head! Drivers can see their infants and toddlers in rear car seats as a camera provides their image in the rearview mirror or elsewhere in the vehicle.
-CornerVue Camera technology integrated into the front bumpers lets drivers virtually “see around the corners.” Designed primarily for crowded urban conditions, CornerVue makes it easier to pull into the street from narrow driveways or alleys.
-Predictive front lighting. Blind zones are illuminated as headlights anticipate and respond to curves in the road for nighttime driving. Headlights also switch automatically between high and low beams in response to oncoming and preceding traffic.
TBZM solutions can be combined to create customized systems for all vehicles – from large SUVs to small sedans – through the automotive aftermarket and in select auto dealerships. For more information, please visit www.magnadon.com.
Magna, the most diversified automotive supplier in the world, designs, develops and manufactures automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineers and assembles complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers of cars and light trucks in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Our capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior and closure systems; metal body and structural systems; exterior and interior mirror and engineered glass systems; exterior systems, including front and rear end modules, plastic body panels, exterior trim and other systems; various powertrain and drivetrain systems; as well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly.
Magna has over 84,000 employees in 228 manufacturing operations and 62 product development and engineering centers in 23 countries.