One of the special features of the Saab 9-5 NG is that original accessories still appear even 5 years after the end of production. A “blind spot warning” could no longer be ordered in series; production ran out beforehand. It's a shame because the system is really good.
With the no-longer-produced model year 2012, the blind spot would have been available in North America, presumably the Europeans could also have ordered from the 2013 vehicles. How does the warning system work?
Ultrasonic sensors hidden in the rear bumper detect passing traffic. The warning device in the side mirrors shows whether it is safe to change lanes or whether a collision is imminent. The LEDs in the mirrors are designed to be bright so that they remain recognizable even in direct sunlight. If there is a risk of passing traffic, the symbol in the mirror begins to flash frantically without penetrating the interior with acoustic signals.
Some original retrofit kits are still available and can be integrated into the 9-5 NG. For this purpose, the ultrasonic sensors are placed in the designated positions on the rear bumper and the mirror glasses are replaced. There is no cabling at the factory for retrofitting a “blind spot warner”, the cables must be completely laid. Integration in the operating menu of the 9-5 is easy, the system can be activated and deactivated as required.
In very limited quantities, the blind spot is available for the Saab 9-5 NG. The post-production is excluded. Interested parties can contact the Car dealership Lafrentz contact in Kiel.