Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mazda to Start Road Trials of the ASV-4 Advanced Safety Vehicle

Beginning on March 11, 2008, Mazda will start public road trials of its advanced safety vehicle Mazda ASV-4 in the Hiroshima area. The prototype vehicle is equipped with a series of safety technologies that utilize vehicle-to-vehicle communications to alert drivers of oncoming vehicles at blind intersections or on twisting roads with limited visibility that employs vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

The ASV project began in 1991 and this is the fourth phase of the project. Mazda’s test results from Phase One to Phase Three have resulted in the development of various advanced safety technologies like the rear vehicle monitoring system that detects vehicles approaching from behind at highway speeds and Mazda’s Precrash Safety System, which uses milliwave radar to monitor for oncoming obstacles, then alerts the driver and automatically applies the brakes if necessary.

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