|Nearly everyone has been surprised by a car suddenly appearing to the side when they are about to change lanes. If you are paying too much attention to maintaining a safe distance between the car in front, you can neglect to monitor the situation to the rear. Even checking the side mirrors does not provide an accurate idea of the distance and relative speed of an approaching vehicle.|
Mazda is an industry leader in developing blind spot monitoring technology. Our systems detect following vehicles and alert the driver to the potential danger. An LED light comes on when a vehicle enters the detection area. The light flashes and an audible alert enforces the warning should the driver then activate the turn signal.
In North America, Mazda has introduced this technology in the Mazda CX-9 as the Blind Sport Monitoring (BSM) system. A similar system, called Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM), is equipped in the Mazda6 (known as Mazda Atenza in Japan). Both systems are highly effective in preventing accidents during lane changing, and we expect their use to grow.
|Mazda developed a parking assist system for vehicles such as minivans and SUVs which have relatively large blind spots. Cameras covering the blind spots (1 - in front of the bonnet, 2 - below the passenger side window, 3 - below the rear window). The images are displayed on the navigation system monitor to help the driver see around the vehicle.|