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Smart braking system joins list of firsts for Mazda CX-5

Smart braking system joins lis...
The SCBS system will feature in Mazda's upcoming CX-5 crossover SUV
The SCBS system will feature in Mazda's upcoming CX-5 crossover SUV
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The the SCBS system's laser detects a potential collision, it reduces the brake rotor travel distance
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The the SCBS system's laser detects a potential collision, it reduces the brake rotor travel distance
The SCBS system will feature in Mazda's upcoming CX-5 crossover SUV
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The SCBS system will feature in Mazda's upcoming CX-5 crossover SUV

The CX-5 Crossover SUV marks a few firsts for Mazda. It will be the company's first production vehicle sporting the new KODO - Soul of Motion design language seen originally in the Shinari concept vehicle, the first vehicle featuring Mazda's efficiency-boosting Skyactiv technology, and the first to feature Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) - a system designed to avoid or reduce the damage from low speed collisions.

Similar to Volvo's Auto Brake system, the SCBS system uses a laser sensor mounted at the top of the windshield glass to scan for other vehicles or obstacles in front of the car when traveling at speeds of around 4 - 30 km/h (2.5 - 19 mph). If a potential collision is detected, the system reduces the brake rotor (or disc) travel distance so that braking is faster when the driver applies the brake. If the driver fails to apply the brake or maneuver to avoid an impending collision, the system will then automatically apply the brake while also reducing the engine output.

The the SCBS system's laser detects a potential collision, it reduces the brake rotor travel distance
The the SCBS system's laser detects a potential collision, it reduces the brake rotor travel distance

In the Japanese market, Mazda will also offer an "Acceleration Control for Automatic Transmission" system that works in conjunction with the SCBS system to activate an audio and visual alarm and curbs the engine output if the driver tries to accelerate when an obstacle has been detected.

Mazda says it plans to include SCBS in upcoming models, with the CX-5 to be the first when it is launched around mid-year.

5 comments
chidrbmt
There are occasions in rural areas when it\'s better to accelerate around a object like a wild animal. Or perhaps in a urban area with a drunk or inattentive driver than to brake. Not sure losing one\'s control over their vehicle by a black electronic box,often prone to malfunctions,is a wise thing thing?
willeyg333
I totally agree with chidrmit. So many times \"Researchers\" and the like (and even politicians) try to keep us \"safe\" by taking away our control of our own lives thinking that they know best. Yet no computer created, at least for the general market, can read and react properly to every type of situation we might encounter.
Bill Bennett
how about when it malfunctions and you hit someone, who is responsible, the manufacturer or the driver? Or it malfunctions and leaves you sitting on railroad tracks, lawyers must be salivating, I know one who is just waiting for finding a client, thinking about buying a Volvo so his client is him
Gargamoth
Looks like they borrowed some styling from BMW
Eletruk
Sorry, Mythbusters tackled that one and you are inccorrect. It is best to not hit the animal, and second, be going slower rather than accelerating. Unless you are dang sure you aren\'t going to hit the animal by accelerating (which is highly unlikely), it\'s always best to brake.