Mazda installs Smart City Brake Support system in the CX-5

Article by Anita Panait, on February 28, 2012

Drivers of all-new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV need not to worry about colliding with another car in front when driving slowly in city streets. Mazda has announced its newest anti-collision safety technology, the ‘Smart City Brake Support’ (SCBS). The SCBS system, fitted as standard on the Mazda CX-5, uses a laser sensor to detect a vehicle or any other obstacle in front of the SUV.

If the system detects a possible collision and the driver fails to slow down appropriately or turn the wheel to avoid the crash, the SCBS automatically activates the brakes and cuts the engine yield at the same time.  This allows the system to help avoid collisions or if not, mitigate the damage from rear-end collisions at low speeds, which is one of the most common accidents.

With the car moving low speeds of between 2.5 and 19mph, the laser sensor installed at the top of the windscreen detects an obstacle in front of the Mazda CX-5 and monitors the space as well as the closing speed.

If the SCBS determines that there is a high risk of a collision and the driver takes no breaking or avoiding action, the system pre-pressures the braking system.  This allows a faster braking response when the driver hits the brakes. And if the driver fails to perform any braking or avoiding action, the SCBS will activate the automatic braking operation.

The SCBS system only works when the speed difference between the driver’s car and the vehicle in front is less than 19mph. Mazda Motor Corp. is determined to intensify its safety-related research and development efforts, with hopes of achieving the ultimate goal of having an accident-free and safe motorized society. After the Mazda CX-5, the company will install the SCBS in its future new models.

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