Video of the Day: Mazda CX-5 Puts New Smart City Brake Support Technology to Work

By Trevor Dorchies | February 14, 2012
The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 crossover has all the bells and whistles you'd expect in a vehicle tasked with revitalizing a quiescent brand. In today's Video of the Day, Mazda shows off its Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), a technology which helps the driver avoid a front-end collision at low speeds. This new technology employs a laser that senses when the Mazda CX-5 approaches another vehicle too quickly from behind. SCBS works by applying the brakes quickly, which in turn reduces overall braking distance. If the driver doesn't react to warnings, the system automatically applies the brakes and cuts engine output to avoid a collision. Along with helping inattentive drivers to slow down, if the Mazda CX-5 is equipped with an automatic transmission, SCBS also uses throttle control. This helps those absentminded drivers who may hit the accelerator instead of the brake to avoid a collision with vehicles in front traveling up to around 19 mph. The company has made it known it plans on placing technologies like SCBS in other new models along with the all-new Mazda CX-5. Check out the video below to see Smart City Brake Support in action.
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Sources: YouTube, Automobile Technology