MAZDA CO-PILOT CONCEPT
Advanced driving support technology
that keeps kind eyes on driver
More safety and peace of mind for all
Safer and more flexible driving and travel in different traffic environments
Helping different kinds of people gain confidence in driving
and enjoy enriched, liberated driving and travel experience
Mazda helps people, regardless of age and gender, to drive with a purpose, and embrace a more active attitude to life through empowered driving experience.
Realizing an automotive society with
enhanced safety and peace of mind
- MAZDA CO-PILOT CONCEPT -
At Mazda, research and development on safety technology is driven by MAZDA PROACTIVE SAFETY – a safety performance concept based on understanding, trusting and respecting the driver, aimed at realizing an accident-free, safe automotive society by letting all the people enjoy the freedom of travel in every region, and by creating a system for people to lead enriched lifestyles.
Research on vehicle accidents
(all data shown below are Japanese statistical data)
MAZDA CO-PILOT CONCEPT
An advanced driving support technology concept that aims to reduce potential risks by monitoring driver’s physical conditions.
Advanced safety technology
In addition to active safety technology that supports safe driving by using i-ACTIVSENSE, Mazda’s advanced safety technology that provides recognition support, Pre-crash Safety Technology was developed to avoid collision and reduce damage in a situation where an accident cannot be avoided.
Basic safety technology
Mazda’s basic safety technology covers driving position, pedal layout, driver’s vision and driving visibility, human-machine interface and so on.
MAZDA PROACTIVE SAFETY: Mazda’s safety philosophy for detecting and preventing danger
Safety technology for danger prevention and
DEA monitors the driver’s conditions. Once abnormality is detected, the system starts to flash hazard warning lights to let passengers know that the vehicle will come into an emergency stop.
If the driver is deemed no longer capable of driving, the system starts flashing brake lights and beeping the horn in addition to flashing hazard lights to let other drivers and pedestrians on the road know of the emergency. The vehicle is decelerated and stopped.
The system automatically makes an emergency call to an external emergency report system as necessary.
＊ Connected Service contract is required for the emergency call function.
True to its name, Driver Monitoring (DM) keeps attentive eyes on the driver. When the system detects inattentive driving behavior, an alert is sent to remind the driver of driving risks. If the driver’s fatigue or drowsiness is detected, the system prompts the driver to take a break.
The system uses driver monitoring cameras to detect any changes in the driver’s characteristic facial features and makes a presumption on potential fatigue and drowsiness. The system displays messages on Multi-information Display, and makes an alert noise to encourage the driver to take a break.
Once the driver’s inability to drive is detected, such as falling asleep or a rapid deterioration of physical conditions, the system connects with DEA to support prevention of potential accidents and minimize damage.
＊ Japanese specification
- Emergency detection (inattentive driving, drowsiness, sleep driving) decision parameters
for the future
MAZDA CO-PILOT CONCEPT Roadmap
Driver’s abnormal signs detection technology
By detecting early signs of driver’s abnormality and taking over the control of the vehicle more in advance, before the driver becomes incapable of driving, Mazda aims to further reduce risks of causing an on-road accident and to better secure safety of the driver and the vehicle, as well as other cars and pedestrians on the road.
- Gaze anomaly detection by saliency map (gaze behavior)
The human gaze behavior is categorized into “conscious behavior” and “unconscious behavior.”
Conscious behavior involves looking at potential danger, and intentionally checking mirrors and gauges. Conversely, unconscious behavior involves passively called to attention, such as looking at something that is visually salient. Under normal circumstances, the driver balances these two behaviors when moving his/her gaze. But when the driver begins to undergo cerebral dysfunction, the gaze is biased toward areas and subjects that attract passive attention.
Using neuroscientific knowledge and insights, Mazda has been conducting research and study for detecting the state of cerebral dysfunction. An algorithm for real-time identification of subjects that are most likely to attract the driver’s gaze during driving was developed, to assist development of technology that can detect characteristic changes under regular circumstances and at cerebral dysfunction, and spot early signs of the driver’s abnormalities.
- Properties that induce attention
- Outcome of joint study with COI, Hiroshima University