September 27th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo
Mazda Motor Corporation will highlight “i-ACTIVSENSE” technologies in the all-new Mazda6 which will take centre stage at this year’s Paris Motor Show and make its Australasian debut at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show from 19th to 28th October.
i-ACTIVSENSE is a series of advanced safety technologies designed by Mazda to aid the driver in recognizing hazards, avoiding collisions and reducing the severity of accidents when they cannot be avoided.
Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand, says i-ACTIVSENSE brings with it a new standard in safety performance over a wide range of driving conditions.
“Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE is an exciting innovation for the company and for drivers of Mazda vehicles. Through the use of a full suite of new safety features, which make use of detection devices such as milliwave radars and cameras, Mazda is revolutionizing the driving experience. With safety one of the number one considerations for new car buyers, i-ACTIVSENSE makes the new Mazda6 and all new generation Mazda vehicles a simple choice,” says Clearwater.
At Mazda, the research and development of safety technology is based upon the company’s safety philosophy, Mazda Proactive Safety, which aims to minimize the risk of an accident by maximizing the range of conditions in which the driver can safely operate the vehicle.
Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE describes a group of advanced safety technologies, developed in line with Mazda Proactive Safety, including both active safety technologies that help the driver to recognize potential hazards, and pre-crash safety technologies which help to avert collisions or reduce their severity in situations where they cannot be avoided.
The Mazda6 with i-ACTIVSENSE will be available in New Zealand in early 2013.
Overview of i-ACTIVSENSE technologies
Control (MRCC): Judges the relative speed and distance to the car ahead, and works within a set speed range to maintain a safe following distance, thus alleviating some of the burden on the driver when driving on highways
Hazard Recognition Support and Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW):
Detects vehicles in front and alerts the driver to an approaching risk of collision early enough for the driver to brake or take evasive action
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS): Detects lane markings on the road surface and warns drivers of imminent unintentional lane departures
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM): Detects cars in the blind spot on either side or approaching from behind and alerts the driver to potential risks
High-Beam Control System (HBC): Detects oncoming traffic and vehicles in front and automatically switches headlights between high and low beam, improving visibility at night and aiding hazard avoidance
Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS): Supports safe driving at night by turning the headlights based on the degree of steering input and vehicle speed to maximize illumination and visibility at curves and intersections
Collision Avoidance/ Damage Reduction Support and Smart Brake Support (SBS): Helps reduce the severity of a collision by automatically applying the brakes when a risk of frontal collision is detected while driving at speeds of 15km/h or more