Mazda Safety Features Breakdown
Today’s automobiles embrace modern computer technology like never before. One area where that is making a huge impact is safety. Mazda offers a package of safety features that help alert you to the potential of a crash, help alleviate the possibility of that crash, and lessen the impact in case the collision is unavoidable.
Staying Alert, Averting Collisions
Getting drowsy? Your Mazda actually learns your driving behavior at speeds above 40 mph. Then, when it detects changes in speed or direction that signal fatigue or inattentiveness, it will sound a chime and display a warning on your dashboard to suggest that it’s time for a rest stop.
Millimeter-wave radar detects obstacles in front of your vehicle. If your Mazda gets close enough that a collision appears imminent, a warning sound and dashboard light will alert you to brake.
Stay in Your Lane
Unlike similar lane-keeping systems in other cars, Mazda’s system allows the driver to choose between two modes: Lane-Trace and Lane Departure Avoidance. In Lane-Trace mode, the vehicle uses a windshield-mounted camera to read lane markings and provide steering assistance to keep your vehicle centered in your lane, even when driving around bends. Want a little more latitude? Lane Departure Avoidance kicks in only when the system detects that you’re about to stray from your lane. Then it helps guide you back toward the center of the lane.
Blind Spot Monitoring
Among the most dangerous situations in highway travel are instances when you try to change lanes, only to discover another car already in that lane, unseen in your side-view mirror. Your Mazda uses radar mounted in the rear bumper to detect vehicles behind you and in adjacent lanes. An icon will light in the appropriate side-view mirror to alert you to their presence. Signal a lane change with a vehicle in your blind spot, and that icon will begin flashing; a warning beep will also sound.
The same radar system that watches your blind spot can also keep you out of peril when backing out of a parking space. It will detect vehicles crossing behind you when your Mazda is in reverse and alert you to their presence.
Lighting Your Way
Mazda’s adaptive front-lighting system points the vehicle’s low-beam headlights in the direction you are steering rather than just straight ahead, allowing you to see more of the road when traveling around a curve. An auto-leveling function helps prevent oncoming drivers from being blinded by your headlights if your vehicle is carrying a heavy load in the rear or is passing over a bump.
The headlights automatically switch from high beam to low beam when another vehicle is detected either in front of you or oncoming, then switch back when that vehicle has departed. They also turn to low beams in well-lit urban areas or when you’re driving slowly enough that high beams are unnecessary.
Mazda’s LED headlights, which consist of an array of LED lights, can adjust to accommodate different nighttime conditions. When in high-beam mode, individual LED blocks are automatically dimmed when another vehicle is detected by an onboard camera. At lower speeds (below 25 mph), wide-range low beams allow you to see more of the area around you, especially at intersections. At highway speeds (60 mph and above), the high beams increase the distance you can see.
Stopping You Safely
Mazda’s redesigned i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive system uses multiple sensors to assess road conditions and the driver’s intentions, then delivers the right amount of torque to each wheel to provide safe and precise handling. On dry surfaces, this means better gas mileage as more torque goes to the front wheels. In messier conditions, it quickly makes minute adjustments to help keep your tires from slipping.
When braking on a slick surface or simply braking very hard, Mazda’s four-wheel anti-lock braking system provides the best amount of force to each wheel while you maintain your foot on the brake pedal, allowing you to drive more easily around obstacles while braking.
When you’re braking with a full load in the rear of your vehicle, it can take longer to stop. Electronic brake force distribution helps shorten the stopping distance by automatically distributing brake force between the front and rear brakes.
When your car begins to skid, dynamic stability control uses four-wheel anti-lock braking and traction control to contain the engine’s output and the braking applied to each wheel, improving stability on slippery roads.
Now that you’ve hit those brakes hard out of a high speed, your hazard lights will rapidly flash to warn following drivers that you’re coming to a stop, hopefully averting a rear-end collision. Once you have fully stopped, the hazard lights will continue to flash at normal speed.
Radar Cruise Control
Cruise control can be a wonderful driver convenience until you come up on a slower-moving vehicle. Now, your Mazda can judge the speed and distance to that vehicle using millimeter-wave radar and adjust speed to keep you at a safe interval. A display tells you what that safe distance is, for future reference. Once that vehicle leaves your lane, your chosen cruise-control speed automatically resumes.
The body on Mazda vehicles has been formed to protect the inner cabin and disperse the force of a collision in other directions. The fuel tank is also protected to reduce the chance of a fire.
Front airbags deploy to protect the front passengers in a forward collision. Curtain airbags cover the side windows in a side-impact crash, and front side airbags deploy from the side of the front seats.
The front seats are designed to mitigate whiplash damage from a rear-end collision. The rear seats are made to resist separating in a forward collision, reducing the chance of luggage entering the cabin and injuring passengers. The rear seat structure helps keep passengers from sliding forward in such a crash.
As you can see, Mazda has put its technology to work for your safety. If you want to learn more about these features, come visit us at Mazda of Orange and see our complete line of vehicles.