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Old 06-04-2019, 11:51 AM
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Blind Spot Information (BSI) lights

After almost 5 months and 6,000 miles, I find that I don't like the blind spot lights inside. I don't find them as easy to see (as the ones in the mirror glass) when making a quick lane change, and they seem to get washed out when in direct sun. Also, I don't think they are as bright as others I have had for years.

It seems odd that Acura felt the need to put the infotainment screen where it wouldn't take the driver's eyes off the road as much as a lower touch screen type, yet placing the BSI light inside was OK? I bet 99% of all cars with this system have the indicators on the mirror glass. Maybe it's just me, but this habit, (looking at the outside mirror, then at the BSI light inside) seems harder to change. I'm sure I will get used to it, but prefer them in the mirror glass itself.

Other than the missing Android Auto, so far, this is my only minor gripe. I am VERY happy with this purchase.

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I always liked the BSI on the inside. I've had times with cars behind me at night with HIDs/LED headlights or the sun behind me where the mirror BSI might have been washed out. I've had times with foggy windows, heavy rain, or ice on the window and/or side mirror might obstruct my view if the BSI was on the side view mirrors. Never had an issue seeing the BSI light with my 11 MDX or 19 MDX.
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I always liked the BSI on the inside. I've had times with cars behind me at night with HIDs/LED headlights or the sun behind me where the mirror BSI might have been washed out. I've had times with foggy windows, heavy rain, or ice on the window and/or side mirror might obstruct my view if the BSI was on the side view mirrors. Never had an issue seeing the BSI light with my 11 MDX or 19 MDX.
Good points! I guess it is just what I have been used to. Where I live, Arizona, we don't have issues with ice, or fogging.
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So after being out driving today, and being more aware of the inside vs outside BSI lights, I don' think it is as eye catching inside. It doesn't seem to be as bright?

I guess the manufacturers can't please everyone. Like I said, it is a minor issue for me.
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My first car with BSI was an Acura with the indication on the inside and was used to that. I then went to a Lincoln MKX with the indication on the mirror, I never got used to the lights being on the mirror
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This is my first car with BSI, and I am good with it.
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Takes too long for you to dislike, you should think about it before..just saying
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Back in my day, we turned our head and looked out the window. We got pinched nerves, arthritis, scoliosis, herniated disks, and myriad other degenerative or paralyzing orthopedic maladies.

And we liked it.


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I prefer the BSI on the mirrors since I'm already looking at the mirrors to check for vehicles. My previous Hyundai Tucson had this and it was my first experience with BSI. With my RDX, the BSI placement is inconvenient to me and they don't turn on until the neighboring car is practically next to you. I don't trust them at all, and therefore fall back on the trusty turn-and-look method. Except then there's that massive B-frame...... I would feel better about the RDX's BSI if they turned on sooner.
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Both G2 and G3 RDX have a fairly high belt line and "turn-and-look" doesn't really work at night when there is a dark-colored, low car (like a Z or a Vette) next to you on the right. You simply cannot see it because its lights are below the line of sight from your driver's position, even if your seat is all the way up and your head is almost touching the ceiling. This is where BSI would come in handy.
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I prefer the BSI on the mirrors since I'm already looking at the mirrors to check for vehicles. ....
I agree with this ^^^

But it's not a reason to trade in the car...or is it?
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Looking at the mirrors, it's pretty hard not to see the BSI lights in your field of view.
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Originally Posted by NooYawkuh View Post
Looking at the mirrors, it's pretty hard not to see the BSI lights in your field of view.
Yeah, you know that's what I thought when I noticed the location when I was test driving prior to purchase...that it should be fine However, in regular day to day driving, and with all the bright sunshine we have here in AZ, I find that I don't always notice the BSI lights. While quickly looking in the mirror, for a lane change, having the light there is optimal for me, but I also agree with those who have mentioned about ice and/or fogged up windows...which we rarely, if ever, have in AZ. If I look directly at the BSI there is no question that it is illuminated, but just not bright enough to catch my attention.
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I live in ABQ with pretty much about the same sunny days as AZ. I have the ebony interior with tinted windows and keep my sun roof slider closed on my 11 MDX. That might help me see the BSI a little better?
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:40 PM
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Using your turn signal to change lanes (You do signal to change lanes, right?) there is a beeping notification if there is a car in your blind spot. A little extra help.
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Had my wife reach over and take these pics this afternoon. In the first shot the indicators are on, second, not on. This might give an idea what my "concern" is.I'd like to have a similar set of pics from her car, which has the indicators in the mirrors, but that will take some time. If anyone has a similar shot from a vehicle that has the indicators in the mirrors, it might be interesting to compare.

And yes, of course, it will beep when the turn signal is used when there is a vehicle in the blind spot, and I ALWAY use them, it is a pet peeve of mine when others do not...but that is not the subject here.

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Added thought, I have more of an issue with the driver's side than the passengers, as the field of view is different.
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I just noticed my 11 MDX BSI sits closer to the widow and is angled about 45 degrees compared to the RDXs.

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I just noticed my 11 MDX BSI sits closer to the widow and is angled about 45 degrees compared to the RDXs.

Interesting. That would likely make a difference. I knew it was less than optimal for me when test driving, but wasnt anywhere enough to keep me from buying.
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Had my wife reach over and take these pics this afternoon. In the first shot the indicators are on, second, not on. This might give an idea what my "concern" is.I'd like to have a similar set of pics from her car, which has the indicators in the mirrors, but that will take some time. If anyone has a similar shot from a vehicle that has the indicators in the mirrors, it might be interesting to compare.

And yes, of course, it will beep when the turn signal is used when there is a vehicle in the blind spot, and I ALWAY use them, it is a pet peeve of mine when others do not...but that is not the subject here.

I have to admit, I initially thought that it was really a nitpick but now with these pics I can definitely see how washed out and difficult it is to see being located there. I'm wondering if they need to increase the light intensity too.
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