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i-Activsense 101: Mazda’s active safety technologies

John Smith

i-Activsense 101: Mazda’s active safety technologies

Mazda describes it as a new generation of active safety technologies that helps the driver to recognize hazards, avoid collisions, and reduce the severity of accidents when it is not possible to avoid them. In simpler terms, active safety technologies essentially refer to systems that help avoid accidents.

Below we have listed Mazda’s i-Activsense technologies offered with several vehicles in the automaker’s lineup, such as the new Mazda3 sedan and hatchback, Mazda6 sedan and Mazda CX-5 compact SUV.

Blind-spot monitoring system

Vehicles in your blind spot are impossible to see, hence the term “blind spot.” Mazda’s blind-spot monitoring system uses radar sensors to detect cars in both your left and right “gray zone.” This helps drivers avoid potential collisions as a result of turning or changing lanes when another vehicle enters that undetectable “gray zone.” More specifically, if a vehicle enters your blind spot, the system will alert the driver with a warning light that appears in the side mirror (where the issue is occurring).

Lane departure warning system

How often do drivers head home late, after a nice evening out during the week or weekend? Depending on the circumstances, the driver may feel drowsy, and in some cases will be tempted to fall asleep at the wheel.

The lane departure warning system senses the markings on the road that separates the lanes. If the system predicts that the vehicle is going to unintentionally depart from its lane, it will immediately alert the driver, helping to prevent the possibility of an accident.

Rear cross traffic alert

Whether you are backing out of your garage, or even a public parking spot, drivers always need to keep an eye on their surroundings, including vehicles that are passing behind them. In this case, the rear cross traffic alert system is quite useful as it alerts the driver when a vehicle(s) is approaching from the side.

Mazda adaptive cruise control

During those long trips, drivers can certainly benefit from this system, which monitors the speed of the vehicle in front. If need be, the Mazda radar cruise control system will automatically adjust the driver’s cruise control settings, ensuring that your vehicle maintains a safe distance, which saves Mazda owners (that opt for this feature) the trouble of manually adjusting their own speed.

Adaptive front lighting system

Late in the evening, when entering a curve or taking a sharp turn, the light projected from the headlamps will naturally follow the movement of the car. However with the adaptive front lighting system there’s more. The projected light will enhance nighttime illumination by moving as much as 15 degrees in the direction of your turn, helping drivers to spot potential issues a little more in advance.

Overall

The concept behind Mazda’s i-Activsense active safety technologies is to promote safety for the driver and passengers, as well as pedestrians and other vehicles. To learn more about these systems, or to test them out in a Mazda vehicle, contact us, or come and visit us at Atlantic Mazda today!