Safety system boosts Mazda model

A new advanced safety technology system which aims to prevent motorists from crashing into cars in front of them when moving in slow traffic is being fitted as standard in a Mazda model from this spring.

The all-new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV will have the laser-powered Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system included as standard when it hits showrooms.

A sensor is used to detect a vehicle or obstacle in front of the CX-5 and if the driver fails to slow down, the SCBS system automatically operates the brake system as well as reducing engine output, potentially avoiding costlycar insurance claims.

Developers of the system hope that it will be able to avoid crashes or reduce the damage caused by low-speed rear-end collisions, which are among the most common in city motoring environments.

The application is another product from the research and development division of Mazda, which has stated its target of helping to bring about an accident-free and safe driving society.

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