Safety for everyone
Mazda’s attitude to safety goes beyond just protecting drivers and occupants of its own vehicles. It wants to make sure all road users are kept free from harm. Mazda Stories highlights some of Mazda’s award-winning safety systems.
Thanks to Mazda’s Traffic Sign Recognition System (shown above), drivers are made more aware of traffic signs and changes in speed. The system detects and reads road signs—“stop” and “do not enter” for example—and local speed limits using the car’s Forward Sensing Camera, alerting the driver via the car’s Active Driving Display. If you happen to be going too fast, the Active Driving Display will show the recognized speed limit sign, as well as flashing an amber light and then emitting a warning sound, encouraging you to slow down. Think of this system as another pair of eyes on the road, helping you to recognize any potential hazards while keeping you safe.
Mazda MX‑30’s safe battery pack
An electric vehicle poses different safety challenges compared to vehicles with an internal combustion engine. From the heftiness of a battery pack to the risk of ignition, the Mazda MX‑30 EV required a completely new approach. Mazda’s engineers installed a system that shuts off the power supply the moment a collision is detected. In addition, the battery is covered with a case made of high-strength material and surrounded by a stronger body skeleton. By protecting the battery with these components, the vehicle occupants are safeguarded from secondary damage that could be caused by high voltage in the event of a crash.
“The 2021 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback, Mazda6 sedan, Mazda CX‑3, Mazda CX‑30 [built after September 2020], Mazda CX‑5 and Mazda CX‑9 models have all been rated TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the IIHS.”IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
Mazda’s Smart Brake Support
Mazda’s ingenious Smart Brake Support System (SBS) helps drivers to avoid or reduce accidents by automatically applying the brake if there is a danger of collision. Using a radar sensor installed behind the car’s grille, SBS is capable of detecting vehicles and obstacles as far as 218 yards ahead. When a risk of collision is detected, the system slows the car via a two-stage brake operation. The brakes are primed for maximum stopping power when the driver steps on the pedal, while automatic emergency braking is activated if the driver fails to respond, stopping the car before impact or slowing it down to reduce the effects of an imminent collision.
“As of 2020, 11 Mazda models have been given a five-star ANCAP safety rating.”ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program)
Mazda’s lighting safety tech
A suite of Mazda lighting technologies ensures you’ll be able to see further ahead and be more visible to other drivers at night. Mazda’s Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) automatically points the low-beam headlights in the direction the driver intends to travel. Thanks to discharge headlights, the system illuminates a greater distance ahead compared to halogen headlights, improving the driver’s field of vision and visibility around curves and at intersections.
Additionally, High Beam Control (HBC) detects oncoming and preceding vehicles, and automatically switches between high and low beams during night driving. This makes it easier for the driver to recognize hazards, while Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) light up the road ahead as if it were daytime. The system increases visibility at night to help you stay vigilant by combining three technologies: glare-free high beams, which automatically dim part of the illuminated area to avoid dazzling other drivers; wide-range low beams, which light up a wider area at low speeds; and highway mode, which helps you see further when traveling at speed.
“Mazda’s all-new MX‑30 is the latest vehicle in its lineup to receive a five-star Euro NCAP rating.”Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme)
Words Luke Ponsford
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