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by David Zalstein

Mazda has announced a string of advanced safety technologies that will feature in the all-new Mazda6 when it launches in Australia in both sedan and wagon forms in early 2013.

Mazda’s ‘i-ActivSense’ is an umbrella name for a series of advanced safety technologies that make use of detection devices, such as millimetre wave radars and cameras, to aid drivers in recognising hazards, avoiding collisions and reducing the severity of accidents when they cannot be avoided.

Mazda6 - High Beam Control System

Included in i-ActivSense is radar-controlled cruise
 control, lane departure
 warning and adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control.

Other i-ActivSense technologies include:

  • Forward Obstruction Warning – detects vehicles ahead and alerts the driver to an approaching risk of collision
  • Rear vehicle monitoring – detects cars in the driver’s blind spot on either side of the car or approaching from behind and alerts the driver to potential risks
  • Smart Brake Support – automatically applies the brakes when the risk of frontal collision is detected while travelling at 15km/h or more
  • Smart City Brake 
Support – automatically stops or reduces the vehicle’s speed when there is a risk of a collision with the vehicle ahead when travelling at speeds of between 4km/h and 30km/h; and
  • Acceleration Control on models fitted with automatic transmissions – limits engine power output and alerts drivers if the accelerator pedal is pressed excessively while an obstacle is detected in front of the car.

Mazda6 - Blind Spot Monitoring

While Mazda says the full spectrum of i-ActivSense technology will be fitted to the Mazda6 range, the final list for vehicles sold in Australia is yet to be confirmed.

Whatever safety tech is decided on will join the brand’s innovative capacitor-based i-Eloop brake energy regeneration system that is to be included as standard equipment.

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