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Mazda ramps up safety research

 

Mazda begins public road trials of its advanced safety vehicle, the ASV-4, in the Hiroshima area of Japan this month.

The trials are based on the Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV) Promotion Plan introduced by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation (MLIT). The plan promotes the development, practical application and wider use of ASV technologies to reduce traffic accidents. Working with other ASV project members, Mazda will collect and analyse data to promote development of a safe driving support system. The system deploys safety technologies that use vehicle-to-vehicle communications to alert drivers of oncoming vehicles at blind intersections or on twisting roads where there is limited visibility. By reducing driver error, the system aims to reduce two-vehicle collisions at blind intersections, rear-end collisions and accidents when a vehicle performs right turns. Mazda will test the two-vehicle blind collision avoidance system first, followed by the right-turn and rear-end collision avoidance systems. The ASV project has been underway for 15 years. Technologies already developed through it include a rear vehicle monitoring system that detects vehicles approaching from behind at highway speeds; and Mazda’s Precrash Safety System, which uses milliwave radar to identify oncoming obstacles, then alert the driver and automatically apply the brakes if necessary. The Mazda ASV-4 is part of the project’s fourth phase (2006 to 2010).

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