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Introducing i-ACTIVSENSE

i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies take confidence to the highest level. These intelligent systems are designed to help you recognise potential hazards, avoid collisions and to minimise the severity of accidents when they’re unavoidable.

Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)

Mazda's Smart City Brake Support, or SCBS helps to prevent or soften the impact of low speed rear end collisions.

Smart City Brake Support [Reverse] (SCBS R)

Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support [Reverse], helps to prevent low speed collisions when you’re reversing.

Driver Attention Alert (DAA)

Mazda’s Driver Attention Alert can help improve the safety of longer distance journeys by monitoring your attentiveness.

Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH)

Mazda’s Adaptive LED Headlamps (or ALH) improve visibility at night, and prevent other drivers from being blinded by your headlamps.

Lane-keep Assist System (LAS)

Mazda’s Lane-keep Assist System (or LAS) improves safety by helping you to stay within your lane. The system works in conjunction with Lane Departure Warning.

Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)

Swivels headlamps up to 15 degrees in the direction you’re steering, revealing more of the corner.

Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)

By scanning external mirrors’ blind spots, this system warns of any obscured vehicles to help you avoid making hazardous lane changes. LED icon on the relevant mirror is accompanied by warning beeper.

Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) – camera based system

Mazda CX-9 only. A camera mounted at the top of the windscreen monitors the distance to the vehicle in front and if a collision is possible, the driver is prompted to take evasive action via an audible warning and a visual alert.

Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) and Smart Brake Support (SBS)

By monitoring the distance to the vehicle in front and its speed, FOW senses if a collision is possible. It prompts you to take evasive action via a warning sound and visual alert. Also incorporates Smart Brake Support (SBS). If the system senses a high risk of impact, it applies initial pressure to the brakes to give you faster response should you brake. If you take evasive action the system de-activates. If no evasive action is taken, the brakes are applied automatically.

High Beam Control (HBC)

Makes night driving easier by reducing driver effort. Senses oncoming cars’ headlamps, or leading cars’ tail-lamps, and automatically switches from high to low beam, then back when it’s safe. Also selects low beam in lit areas or at low speed.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

A windscreen-mounted camera monitors road lane markings and provides an audible alert if you’re about to stray from your lane. Warning comes from speaker on the same side as the lane the system determines your vehicle may be deviating toward.

Radar Cruise Control

Uses radar to monitor the car ahead, and automatically adjusts your speed to maintain a safe distance. Reduces driver effort by managing the accelerator and brake pedals. Both can still be used at any time, and the system can be switched on and off as needed.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

RCTA assists you when you’re reversing from a parking space, warning if a car is approaching from either side of your vehicle. LED icon on both mirrors is accompanied by warning beeper.

Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)

Brake-assist monitors brake pedal force and input speed to determine when emergency braking is occurring. When detected, it automatically applies maximum braking force to all wheels. This reduces stopping distances during emergency braking. It works in conjunction with the ABS to also provide maximum steering control in these situations.

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

EBD allocates braking force to the wheels with the most grip, according to vehicle loading. It automatically detects front and rear wheel slip, and will adjust rear wheel braking force according to the weight of occupants and luggage, vehicle speed and road conditions. It then boosts hydraulic pressure to the rear wheels when harder rear wheel braking is needed. The result is shorter stopping distances in wet and dry conditions.

SRS Airbags 

The front and side Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) includes up to 6 airbags. They are located in:

  • The steering wheel hub and front passenger instrument panel (front airbags)
  • The outboard sides of the front seatbacks (side airbags)
  • The front and rear window pillars and the roof edge along both sides (curtain airbags).

These systems operate independently depending on the type of accident encountered. The front SRS airbags are activated by strong frontal collisions. Together with the restraining effort of the seat belts, they help reduce the risk of serious injury to the head and upper torso of the driver and front passenger.

In the event of a significant side-on impact, side and curtain airbags deploy to minimise the shock inflicted on the chest, head and neck areas of front and rear seat passengers.

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

ABS works by detecting individual wheel-lock and momentarily releasing the brakes on that wheel, by decreasing the amount of brake fluid supplied to the wheel to allow the wheel to regain traction.

ABS prevents wheel lock-up and consequent sliding under heavy braking or on slippery road surfaces. Wheel lock-up causes loss of steering and vehicle control, so ABS allows the driver to steer away from hazards, even on slippery surfaces, while applying maximum braking force.

Whiplash Minimising Seat Design

Whiplash Minimising Seat Design

Mazda headrests are optimally sized and positioned with a forward tilting stance to minimise the distance between the occupants head and the head rest. This means that In the event of a rear impact, the necks of the driver and front passenger are better protected from whiplash.

By minimising the distance that the head and neck have to travel before reaching the head rest, the load or force on the neck is less and therefore helps to minimise whiplash injury. Simultaneously, the seatback is designed to permit rearward movement of the occupants torso. Together, these reduce the loading on an occupants neck by up to 40% compared to a conventional seat design.

Mazda Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System (MAIDAS)

Mazda’s Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System (MAIDAS) offers superior protection for occupants.

The MAIDAS system makes use of high tensile steel in much of the frame to prevent the cabin from collapsing in a collision. The occupant safety cell is constructed of high tensile steel and the Triple H configuration minimises cabin deformation. The impact energy is dispersed away from the cabin.