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New Mazda6 adds advanced safety technologies

Called i-ACTIVSENSE, Mazda’s comprehensive safety package includes latest technologies

Published: September 21, 2012, 12:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 4:00 PM

Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE Technology Diagram

The all-new Mazda6, which had its world premiere at the Moscow auto show last month, will feature a range of advanced safety technologies designed to aid the driver in recognizing hazards, avoiding collisions and reducing the severity of crashes when they cannot be avoided.

They’re bundled together under the umbrella term i-ACTIVSENSE, which includes detection devices such as milliwave radars and cameras.

Mazda's safety philosophy, which guides the research and development of its safety technologies, is based on understanding, respecting and trusting the driver, the company says.

The Mazda Proactive Safety approach aims to minimize the risk of a crash by maximizing the range of conditions in which the driver can safely operate the vehicle.

To drive safely it is essential to recognize potential hazards, exercise good judgment and operate the vehicle in an appropriate fashion. Mazda’s goal is to support these essential functions so drivers can drive safely and with peace of mind, despite changing driving conditions.

But drivers, being human beings, are fallible. So the company also offers a range of technologies that help to prevent or reduce the damage resulting from a collision.

The individual features included under the umbrella of i-ACTIVSENSE technologies include:

Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) - Judges the relative speed and distance to the vehicle 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.

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

Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) - Detects vehicles 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) - Turns the headlights based on the degree of steering input and vehicle speed to maximize illumination and visibility at curves and intersections

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

Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) - Automatically stops or reduces the speed of the car when there is a risk of collision with the vehicle in front while travelling at speeds of between 4 and 30 km/h in order to help the driver to avoid or reduce the severity of a crash

Acceleration Control for Automatic Transmission - Avoids 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 of the car

All these technologies will be available as part of the i-ACTIVSENSE package in Japanese market (where the Mazda6 is called Atenza). Specific content may vary in other markets.