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.
With the new Mazda CX-5, the carmaker has set out to join the compact crossover SUV segment. More than just looking the part, the CX-5 can evoke a level of driving passion and emotion that makes it deserving of the Mazda badge. The all-new CX-5 is Mazda’s first production model featuring the auto company's new design theme called "KODO - Soul of Motion." With this design theme, the car took inspiration from nature’s beauty and power, as well as from the concept of motion, and achieves an excellent balance between performance and style.
The KODO design theme was first unveiled on the Mazda Minagi and the Mazda Shinari in 2010. The Shinari is a four-door sports coupe concept, while the Minagi is a compact crossover sports utility vehicle concept that served as the basis for the CX-5. Now, the KODO will demonstrate the design of a new generation of Mazdas, which are faster, more soulful, and provide a more forceful means of motion.
Moreover, the KODO’s essence is brimming with emotion, vitality, and agility, much like what you can find in animal movements. Mazda’s CX-5 designers even studied cheetahs and observed how these creatures use their whole body as a spring and set a huge amount of energy into motion with their grace and dexterity. The designers were stirred by this beauty and thus set out to push an SUV’s look to another level with the KODO design theme. For one, this resulted to a sophisticated exterior that boldly projects anticipation and a sense of elegant motion, at the same time, expresses the sturdiness and functionality expected from an SUV.
Developers pursued an athletic and imposing design that delivers the greatest balance between functionality, form, and performance included. The new Mazda CX-5 is therefore a combination of an active and powerful look that is expected from a crossover SUV with the emotional styling and characteristic dynamic of a Mazda.