New Japanese models feature increased use of active safety systems

Adoption of backup collision intervention and automatic braking systems expands

2014/07/08

Summary

Toyota Harrier
Toyota Harrier featuring many active safety systems
(Tokyo Motor Show 2013)

 Reported below is feature availability on new models released for sale in Japan by Japanese OEMs from September 2013 to June 2014. 17 new and fully redesigned models including six mini vehicles are reported: four each under the Honda and Nissan brand, three under Toyota, two under Daihatsu, and one each under Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, and Suzuki. Equipment that has been increasingly used includes the start-stop system which shuts down the engine before the vehicle stops, backup collision intervention systems, collision mitigation brakes, LED headlamps, and the cold storage evaporators which limit the increase in cabin temperature during an idle stop.


Advanced equipment made available by Japanese OEMs on their new models

(New models launched in Japan from September 2013 to June 2014)
Equipment Models
Driving performance
(including fuel efficiency)
ESC (for mini vehicles) Honda N-WGN, Nissan Days Roox, Mitsubishi eK Space,
Suzuki Hustler, Daihatsu Copen, Daihatsu Tanto
Pre-stop start-stop system Honda N-WGN, Nissan Days Roox, Mitsubishi eK Space,
Suzuki Hustler, Daihatsu Tanto
Collision safety Driver's knee airbag Toyota Noah/Voxy, Toyota Harrier, Toyota Crown Majesta,
Subaru Levorg
Driving assistance Backup collision intervention Toyota Harrier, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Skyline
Collision mitigation brake system
at low speeds
Honda Vezel, Honda N-WGN, Honda Odyssey, Honda Fit,
Mazda Axela, Suzuki Hustler, Daihatsu Tanto
Collision mitigation brake system
at medium and high speeds
Toyota Harrier, Toyota Crown Majesta, Honda Odyssey,
Nissan Skyline, Nissan X-Trail, Mazda Axela, Subaru Levorg
Visibility LED headlamps Toyota Noah/Voxy, Toyota Harrier, Toyota Crown Majesta,
Honda Vezel, Honda Odyssey, Honda Fit, Nissan Skyline,
Nissan X-Trail, Subaru Levorg, Daihatsu Copen
Automatic high beams Toyota Noah/Voxy, Toyota Harrier, Toyota Crown Majesta,
Nissan Skyline, Mazda Axela
Comfort Cold storage evaporator Toyota Noah/Voxy, Toyota Harrier, Honda Odyssey,
Suzuki Hustler
Rear air conditioning system Toyota Noah/Voxy, Toyota Crown Majesta

Related Reports:
  Features on new Hyundai/Kia models (Mar. 2014)
  German OEMs roll-out advanced driving assistance systems (Nov. 2013),
  New European models' specifications (Jan. 2014)
  US models feature increased use of automatic braking systems (Aug. 2013),
  Features on new Japanese models (Jul. 2013)



Toyota: active safety features on Harrier and Crown Majesta

 As a driving stability feature on the Harrier, Toyota adopted the Dynamic Torque Control AWD that calculates the target line of driving from the steering angle while cornering and precisely adjusts torque distribution to the rear wheels in response to the vehicle behavior. For driving assistance, the Harrier and the Crown Majesta are equipped with a number of active safety systems including the collision mitigation brake. Some of Toyota's new features are available on the Harrier for the first time, including the Lane Departure Alert with the steering assist function and the Panoramic View Monitor which detects pedestrians and objects approaching from the front and rear sides.

Toyota: main features on new models launched in Japan from September 2013 to January 2014

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Noah/Voxy Harrier Crown
Majesta
minivan Midsize
luxury
SUV
Large
luxury
sedan
Launch timing Jan. 2014 Dec. 2013 Sep. 2013
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
S-VSC (coordinated control of EPS, VSC, ABS, and TRC) S S
VDIM (ABS with EBD, VSC, TRC, and EPS) +
Active Steering (coordinated control)
S
Active Torque Control AWD A
Dynamic Torque Control AWD (1 in the Table below) A
NAVI・AI-AVS (preview control on the corners) S
Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) S
Electronically Controlled Brake system (ECB) A A S
Start-stop system A A
Grille shutter S
Collision safety Side airbags for front seats, curtain shield airbags
for front and rear seats
O S S
Knee airbag for driver's seat S S S
Side airbags for rear outer seats A
Pop-up Hood S
Driving/parking
assistance
Blind spot monitor S
Drive-Start Control S S S
Pre-Collision System (millimeter-wave radar type) AO AO
Radar cruise control (with braking function) AO O
Intelligent Clearance Sonar AO AO
Lane Departure Alert (with steering assist function)
(2 in the Table below)
A
Panoramic View Monitor (with improved lateral visibility)
(3 in the Table below)
A
Panoramic View Monitor O
Intelligent Parking Assist (with Easy Set function) O
Driving mode selection A S
Visibility LED headlamps A S S
Con Light (automatic headlamp) A S S
Automatic High Beam A A
Adaptive High Beam System/Intelligent AFS S
Rain-sensing windshield wipers S
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror A A S
Auto folding remote control door mirrors S S S
Comfort/
convenience
Heated driver's and front passenger's seats A O
Heated front seats S
Ventilated front seats A
Heated rear seats A
Heated steering wheel S
Automatic air conditioner with three-seat independent
temperature control + driver's seat/front seats focus mode
A
Automatic air conditioner
with right/left independent temperature control
S A A
Rear automatic air conditioner (rear cooler + rear heater) AO A
Cold Storage Evaporator (4 in the Table below) A A
Power rear hatch (with programmable height)
(5 in the Table below)
A
Power door windows (with reverse and stop function)
(6 in the Table below)
S
SD/HDD Navigation system (G-BOOK mX/mX Pro) O AO S
Okudake-Juden (wireless charger) (7 in the Table below) A AO

Source: Toyota press releases on new models, Toyota brand on-line catalogs of late June 2014

 

Toyota: major advanced features
(1)
Dynamic Torque Control AWD
(Japan's first) This system electronically controls front-wheel and all-wheel drives. The vehicle is usually driven by the front-wheel drive for better fuel efficiency while optimal torque is distributed to the rear wheels when the vehicle starts or runs on the slippery surface. On the corners, the system calculates the driver's target line of driving from the steering angle and offer fine-adjusted torque distribution to the rear wheels in response to the vehicle behavior. When the vehicle tends to veer outside the curve in relation to the target line, integrated operation of braking inner wheels and the Dynamic Torque Control AWD provides more stable turning.
(2)
Lane Departure Alert (with steering assist function)
(Toyota's first) The system detects the white (or yellow) lines on the street with the onboard camera. If it detects a possibility that the driver departs from the lane without using the turn signal, it warns the driver with the buzzer and display indication. At the same time, the electric power steering assist is applied to support the driver steer back to the lane. This system works when the vehicle runs at speeds over 50 km/h on the lane which is over 2.5 m wide.
(3)
Panoramic View Monitor
(with improved lateral visibility)
The system combines the images taken by four cameras mounted on the front, rear and the both sides of the vehicle. It shows a bird's eye view of the surrounding conditions of the vehicle on the navigation display in coordination with the shifting operation. The additional functions include Toyota's first improved lateral visibility which detects pedestrians or objects approaching from the front and rear sides and alerts the driver with sounds as well as indication of yellow frames on the display.
(4)
Cold Storage Evaporator
(Toyota's first) The evaporator of the air conditioning unit carries a cold insulator which is chilled while the air conditioner is operated. When the start-stop system shuts down the engine, the air conditioner stops cooling the cabin. However, owing to the cold insulator, cool air is delivered to limit the rise in cabin temperature.
(5)
Power rear hatch (with programmable height)
The power rear hatch can be opened, closed and stopped at a required height with a touch of the button in or outside the vehicle as well as the smart key. The height at which the hatch is opened can be programmed depending on the surrounding conditions. When the rear hatch is manually closed, the Easy Closer function assists the user to close it tightly.
(6)
Power door windows (with reverse and stop function)
(World's first) The power door window stops closing as well as reverses automatically if a hand or arm is detected on the way. (Toyota claims the way that the window detects an obstacle in its path is world's first.)
(7)
Okudake-Juden (wireless charger)
"Okudake-Juden" is NTT DOCOMO's registered trademark for its wireless charger. A mobile phone can be charged only by placing it in the charging area of the center console tray without inserting the connector. This device can be used for the smart phones, cell phones and digital cameras which are compatible with the Qi (pronounced "chee") standard.

 

 



Honda: advanced driving assistance features on Vezel

Honda Vezel
Honda Vezel (Tokyo Motor Show 2013)

 As a feature to improve fuel efficiency, Honda adopted the electric servo braking system (regenerative brake) in the Fit Hybrid. This system uses the world's first variable servo ratio control to allow a natural braking feel. Among driving assistance devices, the automaker's all four new models come with the collision mitigation brake system at low speeds. The Odyssey minivan employs the collision mitigation brake system that works at medium and high speeds and for preceding as well as oncoming cars, and the backup support system which detects vehicles approaching from the rear sides. Meanwhile, the Vezel SUV features the Reactive Force Pedal which notifies the driver a problem in current driving with the reactive force of the accelerator pedal, and the Automatic Brake Hold that keeps the vehicle at a stop even if the brake pedal is released while standing still.

Honda: main features on new models launched in Japan from September to December 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Vezel N-WGN Odyssey Fit
Compact SUV Mini vehicle Minivan Compact
hatchback
Launch timing Dec. 2013 Nov. 2013 Nov. 2013 Sep. 2013
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called VSA at Honda) S S S S
Amplitude Reactive Dampers S
REALTIME AWD A
Electric servo braking system (Variable servo ratio control) (1 in the Table below) A
Start-stop system (2 in the Table below) S S A S
Collision safety Front seat i-side airbags (variable volume type) +
Side curtains airbag for front and rear seats
AO AO AO O
Driving/parking
assistance
City-Brake Active System (Collision mitigation brake at
low speeds + prevention of unintended acceleration)
AO AO AO O
Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) +
E-pretensioner (3 in the Table below)
O
Blind Spot Information O
Reactive Force Pedal (4 in the Table below) A
Automatic Brake Hold (5 in the Table below) S
Smart Parking Assist System O
Adaptive Cruise Control O
Backup support system (6 in the Table below) O
Electronically controlled parking brake S
Eco assist (ECON mode, coaching function) S S S S
SPORT mode switch A A
Multi-view camera system O
Rearview wide camera (7 in the Table below) O
Visibility LED headlamps (Automatic light control) A AO AO
LED Active Cornering Light A
Auto-dimming rear view mirror A
Hydrophilic/heated door mirror +
repellent front door glass
AO S A AO
Reverse tilt door mirror (front passenger's side) A
Rain-sensing windshield wipers A
Comfort/
convenience
Left/right independent temperature control
type fully automatic air conditioner
A
Triple-zone independent temperature control
type fully automatic air conditioner
A
Independent air conditioning outlet for the second
and third-row seats
S
Cold Storage Evaporator (8 in the Table below) A
Seat heaters for driver and front passenger AO A O
Rear seatbelt reminder lamp, rear seatbelt with load limiter (9 in the Table below) AO
InterNavi + Linkup Free (Telematics service) O O O

Source: Honda press releases on new models, Honda on-line catalogs of late June 2014

 

Honda: major advanced features
(1)
Electric servo braking system (Variable servo ratio control)
This is a regenerative braking system adopted for the new Fit Hybrid. The optimal coordinated control and realized shift changes during regeneration have improved the amount of regeneration by over 60% from the former system.
(World's first) The variable servo ratio control, which was newly adopted, adjusts the braking liquid pressure with the ECU and motor in response to the pressure on the braking pedal. It delivers a natural braking feel.
(2)
Start-stop system
The start-stop system used in the N-WGN shuts down the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 10 km/h or slower. It stops the engine for longer time than the former system and suppresses fuel consumption and exhaust gas.
(3)
Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) + E-pretensioner
This collision mitigation brake system works at a wide range of speeds. It uses millimeter-wave radar which is not very affected by rain and fog to detect other vehicles. The Odyssey adopted the enhanced system which operates in response to potential collisions with not only preceding cars but also oncoming vehicles. It also offers the functions to apply steering assist to support the driver avoid a collision and to prevent unintentional acceleration from standstill.
For the preceding cars, the system is activated when the vehicle runs at 5 km/h or faster and the difference in speed of the vehicle and the preceding car is 5 km/h or more. As for the oncoming cars, it operates when the vehicle runs at 80 km/h or slower. Moreover, when the vehicle runs at 30-80 km/h and the CMBS is activated, the steering assist is applied to support the driver to avoid a collision.
(4)
Reactive Force Pedal
This feature notifies the driver of the problems in the current driving through the reactive force of the pedal. (1) When the driver presses the accelerator pedal excessively for fuel efficient driving, the system suppresses the acceleration through the reactive force and leads the driver toward eco-driving. (2) If the driver presses the accelerator pedal too much to maintain traction on the snowy or other slippery roads, the system applies the reactive force. (3) When the City Brake Active System is activated to avoid or mitigate a collision with the preceding car, the system notifies the driver of the risk by pushing against his/her foot.
(5)
Automatic Brake Hold
When the system is activated at the start of the vehicle, it automatically holds the vehicle standstill even if the brake pedal is released during stoppage. The system is released by stepping on the accelerator pedal. It is expected to significantly reduce the driver's stress when driving on a hill or in stop-and-go traffic.
(6)
Backup support system
This system uses radar to detect the cars approaching from the blind spots on the sides of the vehicle when it reverses out of the parking space. The driver will be alerted with the alarm and the arrow indication on the navigation display.
(7)
Rearview wide camera
The vehicle equipped with the display audio system is also offered a rearview wide camera which shows the area behind the vehicle on the display. The driver can select a view to see among three views from different viewpoints (normal view, top-down view and 180°wide view). The Dynamic Guideline, the estimated backing trajectory which moves as the driver turns the steering wheel, was adopted for the first time for a mini vehicle.
(8)
Cold Storage Evaporator
The evaporator of the air conditioning unit is equipped with a cold insulator which is cooled while the air conditioning unit is operating. When the compressor of the unit stops during the idle-stop time, the cold insulator delivers the cool air and suppresses the temperature rise in the cabin. The system improves fuel efficiency by 10% when the air conditioner is used.
(9)
Rear seatbelt reminder lamp, rear seatbelt with load limiter
(First for mini vehicle) The rear seatbelt reminder lamp is located above the rearview mirror so that the rear passengers can easily see. The seatbelt with load limiter is mounted for the rear seats for the first time in a mini vehicle in addition to the ones for the front seats.

 

 



Nissan: advanced driving stability and active safety features on Skyline and X-Trail

Nissan Skyline
Nissan Skyline (Tokyo Motor Show 2013)

 As a driving stability feature on the Skyline premium sedan, Nissan has adopted the Direct Adaptive Steering, the world's first steer-by-wire, which converts the steering movement into electric signals to control the wheels. The X-Trail midsize SUV comes with the Active Ride Control that reduces the pitching motion of the vehicle by controlling the engine torque and brakes, and the Active Engine Brake which automatically adds the engine brake when cornering. Among the driving assistance systems, the Skyline is equipped with the word's first Predictive Forward Collision Warning which monitors a vehicle travelling in front of the preceding vehicle to help prevent pileup collisions, and the Backup Collision Intervention that detects a vehicle approaching from either side when the transmission is in reverse.

Nissan: main features on new models launched in Japan from December 2013 to February 2014

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Skyline Days Roox Teana X-Trail
Midsize
luxury
sedan
Mini
vehicle
Midsize
sedan
Midsize
SUV
Launch timing Feb. 2014 Feb. 2014 Feb. 2014 Dec. 2013
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called VDC at Nissan) S AO S S
ALL MODE 4x4-i A
Direct Adaptive Steering (1 in the Table below) A
Active Ride Control (2 in the Table below) S
Active Engine Brake (3 in the Table below) S
Active Trace Control (Cornering Stability Assist)
(4 in the Table below)
S S
Multi-link rear suspension (5 in the Table below) S
Start-stop system S A S
Collision safety SRS side airbag systems for front seats S AO S O
SRS curtain airbag systems S S O
Pop Up Engine Hood S
Driving/parking
assistance
Rearview monitor A O O
Around View Monitor A
Around View Monitor (Moving Object Detection)
(6 in the Table below)
AO O O
Intelligent Parking Assist O
Active Lane Control (7 in the Table below) A
Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW)
(8 in the Table below)
A O
Blind Spot Warning (BSW) A O
Blind Spot Intervention (BSI) A
Backup Collision Intervention
(9 in the Table below)
A
Driver Attention Alert O
Emergency Brake (10 in the Table below) A A
Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication,
Do-not-enter Sign Detection system
A
Advanced Hill Descent Control A
Intelligent Pedal (Distance Control Assist) A
Intelligent Cruise Control A
ECO Pedal A
ECO Mode Switch Indicator S S
Drive Mode Selector S
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) A O A
Lane Departure Prevention system (LDP) A
Visibility Active AFS O
LED headlamps S O
Automatic headlight system S A S A
High Beam Assist O
Auto-dimming rear view mirror O
Auto-dimming rear view mirror with display A
Comfort/
convenience
Intelligent air conditioning system
(automatic control)
A A
Air conditioning unit with independent temperature
control for the driver's and front passenger's seat.
S S A
Active Noise Control S
Hands-free remote-controlled rear hatch. O
Spinal Support Seats(11 in the Table below) S
Air-conditioned front seats A
Heated driver's seat AO
Heated front seats A
Quick Comfort Seat Heater for front seats AO
NissanConnect navigation system
(function to pair smart phones)
S O

Source: Nissan press releases on new models, Nissan on-line catalogs of late June 2014

 

Nissan: major advanced features
(1)
Direct Adaptive Steering
(World's first) This system uses three steering ECUs (electronic control units) to convert the steering movement into electric signals, which, in turn, operate the steering angle actuator to control the wheels. It communicates the driver's intention more quickly than a mechanical system, achieving a sharp handling. Meanwhile, as the driver only receives responses from the road required for driving, and not oscillation due to the rough surface, he/she feels comfortable in steering.
(2)
Active Ride Control
(World's first) As the system determines when the vehicle moves up and down, it reduces the pitching motion due to the rough surface by controlling the engine (torque) and brakes. Ride quality and comfort can be improved by reducing minor and greater pitching motions.
When the engine torque is increased, the front half of the vehicle rises up. Conversely, when the engine torque is decreased, the front of the vehicle lowers back down. Thus, if the engine torque is controlled in response to the bumps on the road surface, the pitching motion of the vehicle should decrease. In addition, when a small amount of braking is applied, it has the effect of strengthening the dampening of body motion. So, Nissan developed a technology which reduces vehicle pitching by automatically applying a small amount of braking right after the vehicle passes over a bump. When the pitching is minor, ride quality can be improved by controlling the engine torque. If the pitching is greater, the system applies the brakes and this helps minimize the body motion.
(3)
Active Engine Brake
(World's first) When cornering and stopping, the system automatically adds engine braking to reduce the driver's effort of driving. It adjusts the amount of engine braking to be applied by varying the CVT gear ratio in relation to the vehicle speed and the driver's steering input.
(4)
Active Trace Control
When cornering, this technology allows the driver to trace the steered path by automatically applying adequate amounts of braking to each wheel. If the vehicle accelerates in the middle or at the exit of the corner, the system applies braking to two inside wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving to the outside of the curve.
(5)
Multi-link rear suspension system
(World's first) The multi-link suspension used to offer responsiveness with the link bush which improves lateral stiffness. Nissan has added a connecting bush to the multi-link suspension for the first time in the world. Both driving stability and ride quality can be enhanced by assigning a respective role for each bush.
(6)
Around View Monitor (Moving Object Detection)
The Around View Monitor, which shows the bird's-eye view image of the surrounding conditions, has adopted the Moving Object Detection to improve safety in parking and pulling out of a parking space. This new function detects pedestrians around the vehicle and approaching objects including a bicycle. It then alerts the driver with the warning indication on the navigation display as well as the buzzer
(7)
Active Lane Control
(World's first) When driving at speeds over 70 km/h, the system uses a camera to detect the intended direction of the vehicle based on the lane markers (white lines) and adjusts the wheel angle and steering reactive force. It enhances lane-keeping capability by coping with the effect of crosswinds or steep roads and reduces the driver's effort of steering. It is effective for decreasing the driver's fatigue from a long drive. (The conventional lane departure prevention system pushes back the vehicle to the lane by controlling brakes for each wheel.)
(8)
Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW)
(World's first) This feature uses the millimeter-wave radar to monitor the distance and relative velocity to a vehicle traveling in front of the preceding vehicle. By detecting the changes in conditions which are outside of the driver's field of view with the radar coming under the preceding vehicle, it alerts the driver visually and audibly if deceleration is required. The system helps prevents pileup collisions which may be caused by late brake application by the driver.
(9)
Backup Collision Intervention (BCI)
This equipment uses the sensors on the rear sides and the sonar on the rear of the vehicle to monitor crossing cars behind the vehicle. It alerts the driver with the indication beside the door mirrors and on the rearview monitor as well as the buzzer. When a vehicle backs up, the system assists the driver avert a collision with approaching cars through reactive force of the accelerator pedal and automatic braking.
(10)
Emergency Brake
(Nissan's first) The system uses the new millimeter-wave radar to detect a risk of collision with the preceding car. It assists the driver to avert a collision by applying reactive force on the accelerator pedal and moderate braking in addition to the warning indication and buzzer. In case the driver fails to decelerate, an emergency brake is applied. Collisions can be avoided at speeds up to 60 km/h and the damage caused by a collision will be mitigated at speeds over 60 km/h.
(11)
Spinal Support Seats
Nissan has adopted the spinal support seats for the front and rear outer seats of the Teana. The articulated seat back pad eases strain on the spine by supporting heavy thorax and pelvis, helping alleviate fatigue caused by a long drive.

 

 



Mazda/Fuji Heavy Industries: active safety systems on Axela and Levorg

 Mazda has installed the collision mitigation brake system which can be activated at low as well as middle and high speeds, and the Active Driving Display, a reasonable and compact head-up display on its leading model Axela. The model also comes with the MAZDA CONNECT, a new connectivity system for the company.

 Fuji Heavy Industries has debuted the EyeSight (ver.3) on the Levorg midsize sport tourer. The EyeSight (ver.3) consists of a set of active safety systems whose functions have been enhanced. Owing to the improved detection function, the collision mitigation brake is activated at a wider range of speeds while several new functions were added including the Active Lane Keep that assists the driver steer back the vehicle to the center of the lane when traveling at high speeds.

 

Mazda Axela
Mazda Axela (Tokyo Motor Show 2013)
Subaru Levorg
Subaru Levorg (Tokyo Motor Show 2013)

 

Mazda/Fuji Heavy Industries: main features on new models launched in Japan from November 2013 to June 2014

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
OEM Mazda Subaru
Model Axela Levorg
Compact
sedan/
hatchback
Midsize
sport
tourer
Launch time Nov. 2013 Jun. 2014
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
ESC(called DSC at Mazda and VDC at Subaru) S S
SKYACTIV-CHASSIS S
Active Torque Control Coupling AWD A
Active Torque Split AWD A
Uneven & Variable Torque Distribution AWD A
Active Torque Vectoring S
i-ELOOP (brake energy regeneration system) A
Start-stop system A A
Active Air Shutter A
Collision safety Side airbags for front seats/Curtain airbags S S
Driver's knee airbag S
Driving/parking
assistance
Smart City Brake Support (Collision mitigation brake at low speeds) AO
Smart Brake Support (Collision mitigation brake at medium and high speeds) A
Radar Cruise Control A
Acceleration Control for AT AO
Rear Vehicle Monitoring System A
Lane Departure Warning A
EyeSight (ver.3) (3 in the Table below)
(Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Lane Keep, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Pre-Collision Reverse Throttle Management, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Sway Warning, Lead Vehicle Start Alert)
A
SI-DRIVE (driving modes selection) S
Visibility Discharge headlamps AO
LED headlamps AO
Adaptive Front Lighting System A
Automatic headlight system AO S
High Beam Control System A
Auto-dimming rear view mirror AO
Rain-sensing windshield wipers AO S
Comfort/
convenience
Seat heaters for driver's and front passenger's seats A O
Fully automatic air conditioning system with driver's seat and front passenger's seat independent temperature control A S
Active Driving Display (1 in the Table below) A
i-DM (Intelligent Drive Master) S
MAZDA CONNECT (2 in the Table below) AO

Source: Mazda/Fuji Heavy Industries press releases on new models, on-line catalogs of late June 2014

 

Mazda: major advanced features
(1)
Active Driving Display
(Debut) This is a reasonable and compact head-up display which has been developed based on Mazda's Heads-up Cockpit concept which minimizes the risk of looking aside. When the driver starts the engine, the display pops up behind the instrument cluster and shows the information required for driving including the vehicle speed and navigation information. The system creates the image 1.5m ahead of the driver.
(2)
MAZDA CONNECT
(Debut) This new connectivity system allows the user to update its software and to make use of the latest service anytime. It can be paired with a smart phone to use various functions including Facebook, Twitter, Aha (by the U.S. Harman Co.) internet radio which offers options from more than 40,000 stations all over the world, hands-free telephone, and navigation.
The driver can use this system while keeping his/her attention focused on driving owing to the commander control which the driver can easily reach and operate entirely by feel, voice recognition function that allows voice control of various features, and a 7-inch center display on the dash board which can be seen without lowering the eyes.
Fuji Heavy Industries: major advanced features
(3)
EyeSight (ver.3)
(Debut for the latest version) The EyeSight uses a stereo camera to monitor the forward conditions and provide necessary driving assistance functions such as automatic emergency braking. The latest version "ver.3" has a new stereo camera which expanded a viewing angle and viewable distance by 40%. It is also able to recognize the brake lamps by using a color imaging function.
New
function
Active Lane Keep If the EyeSight recognizes the white lines on both sides of the lane when the vehicle is traveling at speeds above 65 km/h with the Adaptive Cruise Control activated, this system assists steering operations so that the vehicle stays in the middle of the lane (Lane Keeping Assist). If the vehicle is about to deviate from the lane when travelling on the highway at speeds above 65 km/h, the system gives an audible warning as well as torque to the steering wheel to push back the vehicle to the center of the lane (Lane Departure Prevention Assist).
Pre-Collision Reverse Throttle Management If the system detects acute acceleration while the gear is in reverse, it alerts the driver audibly as well as visibly. At the same time, the system restricts the engine output to prevent the vehicle from backing up abruptly.
Hazard Avoidance Assist If the system determines that a collision with the preceding vehicle or object is imminent, the integrated vehicle control technology of the VDC will assist the driver to steer the vehicle to avoid the collision.
Enhanced
functions
Pre-collision Braking Control The relative speed at which automatic braking is able to avoid a collision between the vehicle and an object or to reduce damage caused by a collision has been increased from 30 km/h to 50 km/h. In addition, enhanced visibility allows the system to detect crossing pedestrians at an earlier stage.
Adaptive Cruise Control Enhanced visibility of the new stereo camera has improved the system's ability to respond to acceleration and deceleration of the preceding vehicle, to detect a car cutting into the lane, and to follow the preceding vehicle on the corners. Besides, with color recognition function, the system is able to detect the brake lamps of the preceding vehicle, achieving earlier deceleration if required.

 

 



Mitsubishi/Suzuki/Daihatsu: pre-stop start-stop systems

 Mitsubishi installs the start-stop system which shuts down the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 9 km/h or slower in the eK Space mini vehicle which was jointly developed with Nissan. Among comfort features, the rear circulator was adopted to deliver cool air to the rear passengers.

 Suzuki's Hustler, a mini crossover, comes with the start-stop system which shuts down the engine at speeds below 13 km/h. The model is also equipped with the Hill Descent Control that helps the driver descend a steep hill at a fixed speed, and the Grip Control which adjusts the engine torque and brakes in starting off on the slippery surface for the first time as a mini vehicle.

 Daihatsu employs the start-stop system that shuts down the engine when the vehicle is traveling at speeds under 9 km/h in the Tanto mini vehicle. The Copen, a mini roadster, features the DRESS-FORMATION which allows the owner to change the design of the car after purchase by replacing the resin parts of the body panels.

 

Suzuki Hustler
Suzuki Hustler (Tokyo Motor Show 2013)
Daihatsu Copen Robe
Daihatsu Copen Robe (in a Daihatsu dealer)

 

Mitsubishi/Suzuki/Daihatsu: main features on new models launched in Japan from October 2013 to June 2014

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
OEM Mitsubishi Suzuki Daihatsu
Model eK Space Hustler Copen Tanto
Mini vehicle Mini vehicle Mini vehicle Mini vehicle
Launch timing Feb. 2014 Jan. 2014 Jun. 2014 Oct. 2013
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called ASC at Mitsubishi, ESP at Suzuki,
and VSC at Daihatsu)
A A S A
ENE-CHARGE (brake energy regeneration system) A
CVT Thermo Controller S
Start-stop system (1, 4, and 7 in the Table below) S A A S
Brake energy regeneration system
(2 in the Table below)
S
Collision safety SRS side airbags for the front seats A O
SRS curtain shield airbags for the front and rear seats O
Driving/parking
assistance
Hill Start Assist, Hill Hold Control S A
Hill Descent Control (5 in the Table below) A
Grip Control (6 in the Table below) A
Collision mitigation brake,
unintended start-off prevention
A
Smart Assist crush-avoidance assist system
(Brakes that assist low-speed crush avoidance, gas pedal misoperation control, and notification of motion of a vehicle in front)
A
Rear view mirror with rear view monitor A
Multi-Around Monitor (with bird's eye view display) O
Emergency Stop Signal S A S S
Visibility Discharge Headlamps A A
LED headlamps S
Automatic headlight system A A
Auto-dimming rear view mirror A
Auto-fold heated door mirror A
Comfort/
convenience
One-touch operation electric sliding door
on the front passenger's side
A
Rear Circulator (3 in the Table below) A
Heated driver's seat A S
Reclining lever for the front passenger's seat A
ECO-COOL
(cool insulator in the air conditioning unit)
A
Navigation system working with smart phone O O
DRESS-FORMATION (replaceable exterior
and interior parts) (8 in the Table below)
A

Source: Mitsubishi/Suzuki/Daihatsu press releases on new models, on-line catalogs of late June 2014

 

Mitsubishi: major advanced feature.
(1)
Start-stop system
The start-stop system installed on the eK Space incorporates the Coast Stop. This function automatically shuts down the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 9 km/h or slower, reducing fuel consumption.
(2)
Brake energy regeneration system
The Assist Battery is mounted to take advantage of the brake energy regeneration system. During deceleration, the kinetic energy is converted to electricity by using a high-output alternator and an efficient nickel hydrogen battery is charged. The stored electricity will be used for onboard electric components, suppressing fuel consumption.
(3)
Rear circulator
This equipment circulates the air throughout the roomy cabin to provide a comfortable interior atmosphere. With this system, the cool air will be delivered to the rear passengers, while the direction and amount of the air flow can be adjusted. It is not necessary to cool the cabin more than needed for the rear passengers, which, in turn, contributes the quietness and fuel efficiency of the vehicle.
Suzuki: major advanced features
(4)
Start-stop system
The start-stop system mounted on the Hustler automatically cuts off the fuel supply when the accelerator pedal is released. It then shuts down the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 13 km/h or slower by applying the brakes. The engine restarts as soon as the brake pedal is released or the steering wheel is turned.
Idle Stop Air Conditioning Mode Selection function allows the driver to select from three options regarding the timings to activate the start-stop system and to restart the engine when using the air conditioner. It depends on the driver to give priority either to comfort or fuel efficiency.
Idle Stop Information shows the reasons why the start-stop system is not activated or why the engine is automatically restarted (typically indicated as "air conditioner" or "charging") on the Multi-Information Display. The system alerts the driver with a buzzer when the engine is restarted.
(5)
Hill Descent Control
(First for mini vehicle) This system controls the vehicle velocity when travelling down a steep and slippery hill. If the vehicle does not decelerate enough by engine braking or when it is difficult to control the vehicle by applying the brakes, the system allows the vehicle to descend at a constant speed of 7 km/h without brake control.
(6)
Grip Control
(First for mini vehicle) When pulling away on slippery surfaces including snowy and muddy roads, this system assists the driver to start up the vehicle by controlling the engine torque and brakes. If one wheel loses grip and spins, the system applies the brakes on that wheel quickly and distributes more torque to another wheel with stronger grip.
Daihatsu: major advanced features
(7)
Start-stop system
The start-stop system fitted on the Tanto shuts down the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 9km/h or slower. (The system on the Copen is activated when the vehicle stops.)
(8)
DRESS FORMATION
The body panels of the vehicle consist of 13 interchangeable resin parts which are fitted with bolts, allowing the owner to change the exterior design and color after purchase. 11 replaceable parts include the engine hood, luggage panel, front and rear bumpers, front and rear fenders, locker and fuel filler lid. Among the interior parts, the decorative panels for the driver's and front passenger's seats and audio cluster panel can also be replaced.

 

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