It appears that automatic-braking systems are not quite trustable and the latest proof comes from Japan, where a Mazda CX-5 crossover using that system just crashed yesterday. According to media sources, the crash took place in a dealership’s parking lot.
According to Saitama Prefectural Police, which is investigating the accident, the customer that was driving the car suffered a neck injury, while the dealership employee sitting on the passenger seat fractured his arm.
The Japanese carmaker is currently investigating this event but could not confirm it the model had the brake feature. Mazda’s system is called Smart City Brake Support and uses laser sensor in order to detect any obstacles found in the front of the car.
If the system detects an obstacle and the driver accelerates the vehicle it should automatically stop the car as well as alert the person who is driving. This system was offered as an option until last month, when it became standard in Japan.