Good looks and Skyactiv tech have rightly taken the spotlight when it comes to the new Mazda 6, but last month’s Moscow show debutant packs in quite a bit of safety tech as well. The Hiroshima-based carmaker has announced the incorporation of “i-Activsense” technologies into the new 6, which will roll out later this year.
i-Activsense is the name given to Mazda’s suite of safety technologies designed to aid the driver in recognising hazards, avoiding collisions and reducing the severity of a crash that cannot be avoided. The umbrella term covers a series of tech which makes use of devices such as milliwave radars and cameras, and will debut on the new Mazda 6, which you can read and view in full here.
Let’s start with Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), which 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.
In the Hazard Recognition Support category, we have Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM). FOW detects vehicles in front and alerts the driver to an approaching risk of collision early enough for the driver to take action, while RVM detects cars in the blind spot on either side or approaching from behind, much like Volvo’s BLIS. LDWS is self-explanatory.
Lighting is lumped in here as well, and the new 6 will get High-Beam Control System (HBC) and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). The former is always on high beam, automatically switching to low beam when there’s oncoming traffic. AFS sees the headlights turn according to steering angle.
In the Collision Avoidance/Damage Reduction Support room, we have Smart Brake Support (SBS), Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and Acceleration Control for A/T cars. SBS automatically applies the brakes when a risk of frontal collision is detected, while SCBS goes a step further by automatically stopping the car when there is a risk of collision at speeds of between 4 and 30 km/h.
Acceleration Control avoids unintended sudden acceleration by curbing engine power output and alerts the driver if the accelerator pedal is pressed excessively while there is an obstacle in front.
While none of the above tech are groundbreaking, being already available in other cars, it’s still good to see them available in a mass-market Japanese D-segment model. How many of them will reach Malaysia is the more important question.
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