Mazda's Rear Vehicle Monitoring System (RVM) will be presented with the Euro NVAP Advanced award at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Mazda RVM was reviewed by Euro NCAP, who were impressed by the safety benefits the system offers. It can help the driver avoid dangerous situations and collisions with other vehicles when changing lanes. The system uses two radar sensors, mounted on either side of the rear bumper which constantly measure the distance to, and relative speed of, surrounding vehicles.
When travelling at speeds more than 60km/h, the Mazda Rear Vehicle Monitoring system will warn the driver with a proximity indicator light situated in the door mirror on the side where either a vehicle is currently in the blind spot or will be approaching the area in the next 5 seconds. Should the driver use the indicator in the direction of an approaching vehicle, the proximity will then blink rapidly and a beeper will sound to warn the driver. The system will work in almost all weather and can detect all types of vehicles including motorcycles.
Mazda research shows that nearly 5% of all accidents are between vehicles driving in the same direction, and nearly 80% of these are due to lane changing.
Mazda initially introduced tot he system to Europe with the Mazda6 in 2008, and was then made available on the Mazda3 and CX-7 in 2009 and will now be included on the Mazda CX-5 which will premiere at the 2011 International Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt alongside the new Mazda3.
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