Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE is an umbrella term that refers to Mazda’s suite of active driver assistive technologies designed to help prevent collisions. Standard and available on new Mazda models, i-ACTIVSENSE uses a system of cameras and milliwave radar to detect and mitigate road hazards.
i-ACTIVSENSE combines several different technologies that work independently as well as together, and essentially serve as an extra set of eyes for the driver. If the driver’s the Captain, then i-ACTIVSENSE is 1st Mate.
Let’s review the eight separate technologies that make up i-ACTIVSENSE.
The 8 Technologies of i-ACTIVSENSE
- Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)
To increase visibility and provide a brighter, wider range of illumination, AFS automatically points its low-beam headlights in the direction you steer, which is especially helpful when driving around curves and at intersections at night.
Plus, AFS maintains its illumination axis, which means you won’t blind drivers up ahead when you drive over a bump or drive up an incline, or when the weight distribution of your vehicle has changed due to passengers or cargo.
- Automatic High-Beam Control (HBC)
HBC detects oncoming and preceding vehicles and automatically switches back and forth between high and low beams as needed. Doing so prevents you from blinding approaching drivers with your high-beams, while still providing you with optimal illumination.
- Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC)
Using millimeter wave radar to assess the relative speed and distance to the car ahead, MRCC allows you to set a safe following distance for highway driving and will automatically adjust your speed to maintain a safe distance even in stop-and-go traffic.
- Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM)
If you are in danger of collision when changing lanes, RVM will alert you with an alarm and a warning lamp, which signifies a car is approaching from behind or from a neighboring lane, so you will have enough time to react.
- Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
LDWS detects lane markings and alerts you if you’re in danger of drifting from your lane; however, if the drift is accompanied by a turn signal, then the system will recognize the drift as intentional and not sound the alarm.
- Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW)
Using a millimeter-wave radar, FOW calculates the distance between your vehicle and an object in front of it. If it detects vehicles or obstacles that pose the risk of collision, then FOW will alert you with a visual and audible alert so you have enough time to apply the brakes.
- Smart City Track Support (SCBS)
To help drivers in urban areas and other areas with dense traffic, SCBS helps avoid frontal collision while driving at slow speeds. If SCBS detects a risk of collision it will provide maximum brake power when the driver brakes or apply the brakes automatically if the driver fails to apply them in time.
- Acceleration Control for AT
If you press the accelerator by mistake and an obstacle is detected in front of your vehicle, Acceleration Control will curb engine output and alert you with an alarm and warning light.
With the addition of these eight i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies, it’s never been safer to drive Mazda. Stop by our Dublin Mazda showroom and explore the full i-ACTIVSENSE suite in a new Mazda model. The Dublin Mazda staff will be happy to set you up with a new Mazda test drive so you can experience the i-ACTIVSENSE difference.
If you’re currently driving a Mazda equipped with i-ACTIVSENSE and you’d like to know more about these technologies, please stop by our Dublin Mazda dealership and speak with a member of our Dublin Mazda sales team. We’d be happy to review the i-ACTIVSENSE in greater detail and show you how it works on your Mazda.
Until next time!