CHICAGO – For some mystical reason, an object as big as a car simply disappears when pulling alongside and entering into the driver’s dreaded "blind spot." While auto makers have contrived various camera- and radar-based systems to help drivers better monitor their blind spots, Ford Motor Co. thinks it has a low-cost solution to this automotive disappearing act: Magneto-resistive sensors. Ford is testing a metal-detection system on the Smart Safe Research Vehicle. In simple terms, ...

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