What Is Ford Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®)* with Cross-Traffic Alert?

BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert can help you change lanes or back out of a parking space with confidence. BLIS can alert you when a vehicle enters the blind spot zone. Cross-Traffic Alert warns of traffic approaching from the sides when the vehicle is in Reverse (R), such as slowly backing out of a parking space or driveway.

How it works

BLIS uses radar sensors on both sides near the rear of the vehicle. When a vehicle is detected in your blind spot, you are alerted with an indicator light in the side view mirror. 

The Cross-Traffic Alert feature also uses this radar to help detect traffic behind your vehicle when you’re slowly backing out of a parking spot or driveway. When it detects a vehicle approaching from either side, it flashes an indicator light in the side view mirrors (same as BLIS) and emits an audible warning. Also, a visual display in the message center indicates from which direction the vehicle is coming.


To find out if a vehicle has BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert available, download an order guide:

  1. Visit the Ford media website.
  2. Select the Vehicles tab and choose a vehicle.
  3. Select Order Guide.

 Tip: To search the order guide, press CTRL + F to open a search box in your browser. You can then enter any term, such as BLIS or Cross-Traffic, to search the guide.

If you are the current owner, check your window sticker to see if your vehicle is equipped with BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert.

Additional Topics

What is BLIS with trailer coverage and cross-traffic alert?
What is Lane Centering?

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle.  See your Owner’s Manual for details and limitations.