Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE Safety Technology

Mazda's i-ACTIV AWD® helps to set it apart from the pack in the auto industry

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All-Wheel Drive has become commonplace in the auto industry, but the thing that separates AWD from other drivetrains is its variety. There are so many different ways to implement AWD in a vehicle that it’s rare for two manufacturers to engineer their respective systems to same way. That means, of course, that some AWD systems are better than others.

Mazda is one of the brands that takes such pride in its engineering prowess that it has a name for its AWD system: the i-ACTIV AWD® system. Designed to combine the best of Mazda’s state-of-the-art driving dynamics with top-notch comfort and safety, i-ACTIV AWD® uses autonomous technology to provide the latest in on-the-road confidence without sacrificing fuel economy.

So how does it work? i-ACTIV AWD® is always monitoring road conditions in order to automatically distribute torque between the front and rear wheels. That means that drivers are able to navigate slippery or hazardous roads safely, whereas the system will also adapt to dry, smooth road conditions so drivers don’t waste unnecessary fuel or torque.

The sensors on Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD® system calculate ground speed and front wheel speed in order to detect front wheel slippage. These calculations can help correct torque and prevent tire spinning. As a result, Mazda vehicles equipped with i-ACTIV AWD® are safer and more reassuring than ever before.

For more information on i-ACTIV AWD®, contact us at Mazda of Bedford.

Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE® Safety Technologies

Mazda’s cars and SUVs are equipped with a number of active safety features aided by cameras and radars to improve visibility, detect crashes, and avoid collisions. Keep reading to learn more about some of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE® Safety Technologies.

Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW):

The Forward Obstruction Warning technology uses radars to monitor the distance between your vehicle and objects ahead. If the FOW system detects that you are approaching a potential collision with another car or a road obstruction, audio-visual alerts will warn you in order to help avoid a crash.

Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS):

One of the most unique i-ACTIVSENSE® Safety Technologies is the Adaptive Front-Lighting System, which improves your field of vision in low-light situations while driving on curvy roads. The AFS will point the Mazda’s low-beams in the direction of the curve to ensure maximum visibility at night.

Smart City Brake Support (SCBS):

Most fender-benders occur when traveling in congested stop-and-go traffic. The Smart City Brake Support feature uses laser technology to monitor the vehicle in front of you. If you get too close to the car in front of you, the SCBS system will automatically slow the engine and apply brakes to avoid or mitigate the effects of a crash.

If you want to learn more about Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE® Safety Technologies, please call a Mazda of Bedford consultant today.


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