Toyota Camry Blind spot monitoring uses a set of sensors mounted on the side mirrors or rear bumper to detect vehicles in the adjacent lanes. If the sensors detect something, they’ll alert you via an audible and/or visual warning. Some vehicles even use a camera as the main part of the system or to complement the sensors.
Summary of the Blind Spot Monitor
The Blind Spot Monitor is a system that has 2 functions;
- The BSM (Blind Spot Monitor) function
Assists the driver in making a decision when changing lanes
- The RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert) function
Assists the driver when backing up
These functions use same sensors.
- Multi-information display
Turning the BSM function/RCTA function on/off.
- Outside rear view mirror indicators
When a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, the outside rear view mirror indicator comes on while the turn signal lever is not operated and the outside rear view mirror indicator flashes while the turn signal lever is operated.
When a vehicle approaching from the right or left rear of the vehicle is detected, the outside rear view mirror indicators flash.
- “BSM” indicator/“RCTA” indicator
When the BSM function/RCTA function is turned on, the indicator illuminates.
- Audio system screen (RCTA function only)
If a vehicle approaching from the right or left at the rear of the vehicle is detected, the RCTA icon for the detected side will be displayed.
- RCTA buzzer (RCTA function only)
When a vehicle approaching from the right or left rear of the vehicle is detected, a buzzer sounds from behind the rear seat.
Turning the BSM function/RCTA function on/off
The outside rear view mirror indicators visibility
When under strong sunlight, the outside rear view mirror indicator may be difficult to see.
RCTA buzzer hearing
RCTA function may be difficult to hear over loud noises such as high audio volume.
When “Blind Spot Monitor Unavailable” and “Rear Cross Traffic Alert Unavailable” are shown on the multi-information display
Ice, snow, mud, etc., may be attached to the rear bumper around the sensors.
The system should return to normal operation after removing the ice, snow, mud, etc. from the rear bumper.
Additionally, the sensors may not operate normally when driving in extremely hot or cold environments.
When there is a malfunction in the Blind Spot Monitor
If a system malfunction is detected due to any of the following reasons, a warning message will be displayed:
- There is a malfunction with the sensors
- The sensors have become dirty
- The outside temperature is extremely high or low
- The sensor voltage has become abnormal
The BSM function uses radar sensors to detect vehicles that are traveling in an adjacent lane in the area that is usually not reflected in the outside rear view mirror (the blind spot), and advises the driver of the vehicles existence via the outside rear view mirror indicator.
BSM function detection areas
The areas that vehicles can be detected in are outlined below.
The range of the detection area extends to:
- Approximately 11.5 ft. (3.5 m) from the side of the vehicle
The first 1.6 ft. (0.5 m) from the side of the vehicle is not in the detection area
- Approximately 9.8 ft. (3 m) from the rear bumper
- Approximately 3.3 ft. (1 m) forward of the rear bumper
The RCTA functions when your vehicle is in reverse. It can detect other vehicles approaching from the right or left rear of the vehicle. It uses radar sensors to alert the driver of the other vehicle’s existence through flashing the outside rear view mirror indicators and sounding a buzzer.
- Approaching vehicles
- Detection areas
RCTA icon display (if equipped)
When a vehicle approaching from the right or left at the rear of the vehicle is detected, the following will be displayed on the audio system screen.