Increased prevalence of advanced safety packages on new Japanese models

Availability of automatic brakes with pedestrian detection, panoramic view monitors grows

2015/07/22

Summary

Toyota Corolla Axio
Toyota Corolla Axio, the first model to feature Toyota Safety Sense C (Source: Toyota's press release)

 Reported below is feature availability on new models released for sale in Japan by Japanese OEMs from July 2014 to July 2015. 18 new and fully redesigned models and two face-lifted models (excluding mini vehicles) are reported: five each under the Toyota and Honda brand, three each under Mazda and Subaru, two under Lexus, and one each under Nissan and Suzuki. Features that have been increasingly adopted include the torque vectoring systems, pop-up hoods, automatic emergency brakes with preceding vehicle and pedestrian detection, panoramic view monitors, automatic high beams and telematics systems.


Advanced features made available by Japanese OEMs on their new models

(New models launched in Japan from July 2014 to July 2015)
Equipment Models
Driving performance Torque vectoring system Lexus RC F, Honda Legend, Subaru Legacy B4/WRX S4
Collision safety Pop-up hood Honda Legend, Nissan Fuga, Mazda Roadster
Driving/parking
assistance
Collision mitigation
braking system
(with pedestrian detection)
Honda StepWGN/Jade/Legend,
Subaru Exiga Crossover/Legacy B4/WRX S4
Panoramic view monitor
(e.g. Nissan's Around
View Monitor)
Toyota Vellfire, Lexus NX,
Honda StepWGN/Legend, Nissan Fuga
Visibility Automatic high beam Toyota Sienta/Corolla Axio/Vellfire/MIRAI/Esquire,
Lexus RC F/NX, Honda Legend,
Mazda Roadster/CX-3/Demio, Subaru WRX S4
Comfort/convenience Telematics system Toyota Sienta/Corolla Axio/Vellfire/Mirai/Esquire,
Lexus RC F/NX, Honda Shuttle/StepWGN/Jade/Legend/Grace,
Nissan Fuga, Mazda Roadster/CX-3/Demio

New model features reports:
   Major features of new Hyundai-Kia lineup highlighted by increased use of ADAS (Jun. 2015)
   German OEMs expand use of connected technologies on new models (Oct. 2014)
   Features on new European models: PSA, Renault, FCA, GM, Ford and Volvo (Jan. 2015)
   New U.S. models increase adoption of features like rear view cameras (Aug. 2014)
   New Japanese models feature increased use of active safety systems (Jul. 2014)



First-ever installation of Toyota Safety Sense C in Corolla Axio

Toyota Safety Sense
Toyota Safety Sense package consists of three safety systems (Source: Toyota's Press Release)

 Toyota has launched "Toyota Safety Sense C" package, a set of active safety technologies to help prevent or mitigate collisions for compact cars, on the face-lifted Corolla Axio released in March 2015. Combined with "Toyota Safety Sense P" for mid-sized and high-end cars and "Lexus Safety System +" for the Lexus brand models, "Toyota Safety Sense" packages will be rolled out across Toyota's most passenger models by the end of 2017. The "C" package is also available on the new Sienta released in July 2015.

 The new Vellfire minivan is equipped with many advanced driving assistance features. They include the Panoramic View Monitor with See-through View function which displays a view of the vehicle's surroundings as if the vehicle body were transparent, and the Intelligent Parking Assist 2 that features automatic steering to guide the driver to the starting point of reversing for parallel parking.

 

Toyota: main features on new Toyota brand models launched in Japan from October 2014 to July 2015

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Sienta Corolla Axio Vellfire Mirai Esquire
Minivan Sedan Minivan FCV sedan Minivan
Launch timing Jul. 2015 Mar. 2015 Jan. 2015 Dec. 2014 Oct. 2014
Driving
performance
(including fuel
efficiency)
S-VSC (coordinated control of EPS, VSC, ABS, and TRC) S S S S
VDIM (EBD付ABS&VSC&TRC&EPS)
+ Active Steering (coordinated control)
A
NAVI AI-SHIFT AO
Active Torque Control AWD A A A A
Electronically Controlled Brake system (ECB) A A A A
Start-stop system A A AO A
Collision safety Side airbags for front seats, curtain shield airbags for front and rear seats O S S S O
Knee airbag for driver's seat S S S
Front passenger seat cushion airbag (1 in the Table below) S
Driving/parking
assistance
Blind spot monitor S
Drive-Start Control S S S S S
Lead vehicle start alert system O AO
Radar cruise control (with all-speed tracking function) AO S
Panoramic View Monitor (with left and right visibility support and See-through View function) (2 in the Table below) AO
Intelligent Clearance Sonar (with eight sensors) (3 in the Table below) AO
Intelligent Parking Assist 2 (Alert for side obstacles + Back Guide Monitor) (4 in the Table below) O
Driving mode selection A A S S
Pre-collision System (with millimeter-wave radar) AO S
Toyota Safety Sense C (5 in the Table below) O AO
Pre-collision System (with laser radar + monocular camera) O AO
Lane Departure Alert O AO S
Visibility Automatic High Beam O AO A S A
Bi-Beam LED headlamp (6 in the Table below) O O
LED headlamps S S S
Con Light (automatic headlamp) O O S S
Rain-sensing windshield wipers A S
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror A S A
Auto folding remote control door mirrors A S S S
Comfort/
convenience
Heated driver's and front passenger's seats AO S
Heated front seats O O S
Heated rear seats S
Heated steering wheel A S
Automatic air conditioner with three-zone independent temperature control S
Automatic air conditioner with two-zone independent temperature control S S
Rear automatic air conditioner (rear cooler + rear heater) AO
Cold Storage Evaporator (A cold insulator delivers cool air when the start-stop system shuts down the engine.) A AO A
Welcome Power Slide Door (7 in the Table below) AO
T-Connect navigation system (8 in the Table below) O O AO O
T-Connect navigation DCM package for Mirai (9 in the Table below) O
ITS spot service-compatible DSRC unit S
Wireless charger for smartphones and devices O S AO

Source: Toyota's press releases on new models, Toyota brand on-line catalogs of early July 2015

(Note)1. The face-lifted Corolla Axio was reported in this report since it was the first model to adopt the new Toyota Safety Sense C package. The face-lifted Corolla Fielder station wagon was released at the same time. The table above shows the feature availability of the Corolla Axio.
2. The Vellfire and its sister model Alphard were released at the same time. The table above indicates the features of the Vellfire.

 

Toyota brand: major advanced features
(1) Front passenger seat cushion airbag  This airbag is built in the seat and inflates in the event of a front collision. By lifting the front of the seat base, it prevents occupants from sliding forward and restrains the occupant's body along with the restraining force of seat belts.
(2) Panoramic View Monitor (with left and right visibility support + See-through View function) Panoramic View Monitor displays an overhead view of the vehicle on the navigation system screen.
Left and right visibility support alerts the driver with the monitor screen displaying persons and vehicles that appear from the sides in a yellow frame and an auditory warning when a vehicle is pulling out of a parking spot.
See-through View gives a new driver's-perspective view of the vehicle's surroundings as if the vehicle's body and seats were transparent. The video from the driver's viewpoint can be stopped at any place by touching the switch on the screen. Pressing another switch allows the driver to show Moving View, which displays the video as if the camera were looking down and moving around the vehicle.
(3) Intelligent Clearance Sonar (with eight sensors)  The new system includes eight sensors (four sensors for the conventional system) on the front and rear of the vehicle and can detect objects in the extended range. The system now supports, in addition to mitigating collision damage resulting from pedal misapplication, collision avoidance and mitigation of damage during low-speed maneuvering. If the system detects an obstacle that the vehicle is at risk of colliding with when setting off, it reduces engine output. If the vehicle is still approaching the obstacle, the system automatically applies the brakes.
(4) Intelligent Parking Assist 2  This enhanced parking assist uses ultrasonic wave sensors and a camera to detect the parking space and automatically sets the target parking position. Only by pressing the switch, the system automatically steers the vehicle to the appropriate starting point (the world's first function according to Toyota) and controls steering in reverse parking. The new functions support steering in tight parking spaces requiring repeated back and forth movements, parallel parking, and departure from tight parallel parking spaces.
(5) Toyota Safety Sense C  This active safety package uses laser radar and a monocular camera to help prevent or mitigate collisions, with the following three systems. Toyota has launched it on the face-lifted Corolla Axio/Fielder in March 2015. The upper grades come standard with this package including the lead vehicle start alert system while other grades have it as optional equipment for JPY 50,000 (excluding taxes).
Pre-collision system uses laser radar which detects objects in a short range with high accuracy and a monocular camera that detects objects in farther distance to monitor a preceding car and alerts the driver with a buzzer and displays indication. When the driver applies brakes, the system gives a strong assistance for brakes. If the driver is not able to apply brakes, automatic brakes are applied at vehicle speeds of around 10-80 km/h to reduce the speed by around 30 km/h. The system helps prevent and mitigate collisions.
Lane Departure Alert is activated when driving at speeds over approximately 50 km/h on a lane of more than 3 m wide. The system uses a camera to recognize the white (or yellow) lines on the road. If it detects a possibility that the vehicle departs from the lane without turning on the winker, it alerts the driver with a buzzer and displays indication.
Automatic High Beam uses a camera to detect headlamps of the oncoming cars and tail lamps of preceding cars and switches high and low beams. The system ensures visibility in front at night without dazzling the other drivers in the surrounding vehicles. It is activated when driving at speeds over 30 km/h.
(6) Bi-Beam LED headlamps  This is a single-LED bi-functional projector headlamp capable of switching the high and low beam on a single LED. The headlamp was developed by Koito Manufacturing. Toyota's face-lifted Prius α became the world's first car to adopt these headlamps in November 2014. By using a single LED unit instead of two as in the conventional LED headlamps, its power consumption decreased by 25%. Furthermore, the Bi-Beam LED headlamp is 70% smaller and 60% lighter compared to the conventional LED headlamps.
(7) Welcome Power Slide Door  When the user with a smart key approaches the detection area of the slide door after setting a reservation, the slide door automatically unlocks and opens. The reservation using the smart key is effective for 20 minutes. The detection area is within a 0.7- to 1.5-meter radius from the door handles of both front doors.
(8) T-Connect navigation system  T-Connect is a telematics system that Toyota offers. Its major services include "Agent" which gives an interactive voice response service and searches information when the user talks to the navigation, "Predictive Information Service" that predicts the vehicle's destination and routes using data from user route history and provides guidance on relevant traffic congestion even if the user does not set the destination, and "Map on Demand" which automatically updates the maps.
(9) T-Connect navigation DCM (Data Communication Module) package for Mirai  In addition to the conventional T-Connect services, those exclusively for the FCV are available. Among them, "Hydrogen Station List" supplies information on the closest hydrogen stations based on the location of the vehicle. "FC system remote monitoring service" displays a warning notification if it detects a system abnormality, and gives advice regarding the vehicle situation which is checked from a terminal at the dealer. "Pocket Mirai", a smartphone application, displays the vehicle's remaining hydrogen fuel, possible cruising distance, and possible external power supply time.

 

 



World-first Torque Vectoring Differential on Lexus RC F RWD

Lexus RC F
Lexus RC F (Source: Toyota's press release)

 Toyota has installed the VDIM (coordinated control of ABS, BA, TRC, and VSC) with Sport mode in the Lexus RC F high-performance coupe as standard equipment. The model also features the world's first Torque Vectoring Differential for the rear-wheel drive model. The Lexus NX compact crossover SUV has adopted the radar cruise control system which is linked to the start-stop system.

Toyota: main features on new Lexus brand models launched in Japan from July to October 2014

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model RC F NX
Coupe SUV
Launch timing Oct. 2014 Jul. 2014
Driving performance (including fuel efficiency) VDIM (coordinated control of ABS, BA, TRC, and VSC) with sport mode (1 in the Table below) S
Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) (2 in the Table below) O
Active rear wing (retractable) S
Performance dampers (front and rear) A
NAVI・AI-AVS AO
Start-stop system S
Electronically Controlled Brake system (ECB) A
Collision safety Side airbags for front seats, curtain shield airbags for front and rear seats S S
Knee airbags for driver's and front passenger's seats S
Knee airbag for driver's seat S
Front passenger seat cushion airbag S
Driving/ parking assistance Blind spot monitor O
Rear cross traffic alert O
Drive-Start Control S
Pre-Collision System (millimeter-wave radar type) O
Radar cruise control (3 in the Table below) O O
Clearance sonar & back sonar O O
Lane departure alert O O
Panoramic View Monitor (with right and left visibility support) O
Back guide monitor S S
Side monitor S
Driving mode selection S
Visibility LED headlamps S AO
Con Light (automatic headlamp) S
Automatic High Beam system O O
Rain-sensing, intermittent windshield wipers S S
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror S S
Auto folding, auto-dimming door mirrors S S
Comfort/ convenience Heated driver's and front passenger's seats S AO
Ventilated driver's and front passenger's seats A
Heated steering wheel S AO
Automatic air conditioner with two-zone independent temperature control S S
Remote Touch (interface touchpad) S S
Color head-up display O
Active Sound Control (4 in the Table below) S A
SD Navigation system (G-Link) S S
ITS spot service-compatible DSRC unit S
Wireless charger for smartphones and devices O

Source: Toyota's press releases on new models, Lexus brand on-line catalogs of early July 2015

 

Lexus brand: major advanced features
(1) VDIM with Sport mode  When the VDIM is activated (ON), the system, linked with the mode of the Driving Mode Selection, features "NORMAL mode" which ensures smooth performance and a high degree of active safety under normal driving conditions, and "SPORT mode" that applies optimum VSC and TRC mapping for circuit driving. In the case that the VDIM is switched off (OFF), the system offers "OFF mode" that deactivates the VDIM altogether, and "EXPERT mode" which only activates the VDIM to prevent the vehicle going into a spin.
(2) Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD)  This is the world's first installation of a torque transfer-type torque-vectoring system in a front engine, rear-wheel drive model. It enables optimum torque transfer between the rear wheels depending on the driving conditions, and perfectly aligns the vehicle with its direction of travel when turning corners. The TVD has three, switchable operating modes: Standard for an ideal balance of agility and stability, Slalom for an emphasis on nimble steering response, and Circuit for focusing on stability during high speed circuit driving.
(3) Radar cruise control  The radar cruise control system with the all-speed tracking function installed in the NX is also linked to the start-stop system. While the radar cruise control system is functioning, the engine, following a full stop, is automatically restarted as the system detects the preceding vehicle starting to move.
(4) Active Sound Control  The system revises engine sounds generated by deceleration and acceleration of the vehicle and produces more linear and powerful sound. This tuned sound enables the driver to aurally estimate the engine speed and driving force. It is activated only in the SPORT S+ mode.

 

 



Honda Sensing new safety system available on Legend, Jade, and StepWGN

Honda StepWGN
Honda StepWGN with "Waku Waku Gate" (Source: Honda's press release)

 Honda has adopted the new safety-assistive system, Honda SENSING, in the new Legend, Jade and StepWGN. This system combines millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera to detect pedestrians as well as vehicles. Honda's flagship sedan Legend also comes with "Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering" that controls steering to help avoid a collision with a pedestrian on the side strip and "Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow." The StepWGN minivan features "Waku Waku (exciting) Gate," a tailgate with a sub-door which opens sideways.

Honda: main features on new models (excluding mini vehicles) launched in Japan from December 2014 to May 2015

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Shuttle StepWGN Jade Legend Grace
Station wagon Minivan Minivan Sedan Sedan
Launch timing May 2015 Apr. 2015 Feb. 2015 Feb. 2015 Dec. 2014
Driving performance (including fuel efficiency) Amplitude Reactive Dampers (Front and Rear) A S
SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive System) (1 in the Table Below) S
Electric servo braking system A A S  A
Variable steering gear ratio S
Agile Handling Assist A A S
Start-stop system S S S S S
Collision safety Front seat i-side airbags + Side curtain airbags for front and rear seats AO AO S S AO
Driver's knee airbag S
Pop-up hood system S
Driving/ parking assistance City-Brake Active System (Collision mitigation brake at low speeds + prevention of unintended acceleration) AO AO
Blind Spot Information S
Automatic Brake Hold S
Smart Parking Assist System O
Honda SENSING (2 in the Table below ) O AO S
Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) (3 in the Table below) O AO S
Adaptive Cruise Control O AO S
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) O AO S
Road Departure Mitigation System O AO S
False Start Prevention Function O AO S
Lead Car Departure Notification System O AO S
Traffic Sign Recognition O AO S
Back-up Collision Prevention O O S
Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering (4 in the Table below) S
Reactive Force Pedal S
Electric Gear Selector S
Eco Assist (ECON mode, coaching function) S S S A S
SPORT/S Mode Switch A S
Surround-View Camera System O S
Rearview wide camera O O O
Visibility LED headlamps (5 in the Table below) AO AO S S AO
Automatic light control AO AO S S AO
High-Beam Support S
Auto-dimming rear view mirror S S
Hydrophilic/heated door mirror + repellent front door glass AO A S AO
Auto retractable door mirror S S A
Auto-dimming door mirror S
Rain-sensing windshield wipers S
Comfort/ convenience Automatic air conditioner with two-zone independent temperature control A
Automatic air conditioner with triple-zone independent temperature control A S
Seat heaters for driver and front passenger A A O S AO
Ventilated seats for driver and front passenger S
Rear seat heaters (outer seats) S
Rear ventilation S
Waku Waku (exciting) Gate (6 in the Table below) A
Head-up display S
Active Sound Control (noise cancelling function) S
Noise Reducing Aluminum Wheel A
InterNavi + Linkup Free (Telematics service) O O O S O

Source: Honda's press releases on new models, Honda on-line catalogs of early July 2015

 

Honda: major advanced features
(1) SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive System)  The new Legend has adopted this new driving system. It features a gasoline engine and a motor in the front and two motors in the rear, each of which drives the right or left rear wheel separately. The system switches front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive and adjusts the driving force for each wheel depending on the driving conditions.
 When the vehicle turns, one of the twin rear motors delivers driving force to the outer rear wheel and another motor provides deceleration power to the inner rear wheel This sophisticated torque vectoring technology controls positive torque (driving force) and negative torque (deceleration force) optimally and improves the vehicle's turning performance.
(2) Honda Sensing  Honda Sensing new safety-assistive system uses millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera. With enhanced performance, the millimeter-wave radar is now able to detect pedestrians. The monocular camera identifies attributes and sizes of pedestrians and objects within 60 m ahead of the vehicle.
 Honda Sensing includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation System, False Start Prevention Function, Lead Car Departure Notification System, and Traffic Sign Recognition Function. Furthermore, the Legend's system comprises the Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System.
(3) Collision Mitigation Braking System  When a potential collision with the preceding and oncoming vehicles as well as pedestrians is detected, the system audibly and visually alerts the driver along with vibrations on the accelerator pedal (and vibrations on the steering wheel in case of the potential collision with the oncoming vehicles). When the distance with the relevant object is closer, the system warns the driver by automatically applying partial braking force and light retracting force on the driver's seatbelt. If the distance gets even closer, the system automatically applies full braking force and retracting force on the driver's seatbelt to help avoid a collision or mitigate the damage of a collision. The system functions when the vehicle is travelling at speeds over approximately 5 km/h and the relative speed with the object is approximately 5 km/h or faster.
(4) Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System  When the vehicle starts to stray off the lane toward a pedestrian on the side strip, the system audibly and visually warns the driver and controls the steering toward the safer side to urge the driver to avoid a collision.
(5) LED headlamps  Inline-type LED headlamp adopted in the new Shuttle features a structure that fits the LED light sources on the upper side of the headlamp module and lets the light reflect on the reflectors. As a result, the entire headlamp lights up as if it were one surface. This structure makes the headlamp thinner and enables a sharp design of the vehicle's front face.
 Jewel Eye LED headlamp installed on the new Legend uses thick and polished light guide lenses for four outer lamps of the low beam. The lenses have been arranged so that each lens is tilted by seven degrees from inside to out to distribute light wider. With farther and uniform illumination, the headlamp helps the driver to identify pedestrians on the shoulder of a road.
(6) Waku Waku (exciting) Gate  The new StepWGN features Honda's original "Waku Waku Gate," a wide tailgate with a sub-door which opens sideways. When a split part of the third-row seat is stored under the floor, the sub-door enables the third-row passengers to get in and out of the vehicle without opening the whole tailgate. It also makes it easier to load and unload cargo. The sub-door is designed to open at three angles.

 

 



Nissan Fuga to feature 360-degree Driving Support System

Nissan Fuga
Nissan Fuga (Source: Nissan's press release)

 Nissan has incorporated the All-Around Driving Support System in the facelifted Fuga premium sedan. This system consists of eight features for frontal, side, rear, and 360-degree safety. These features include the Emergency Brake which helps avoid collisions when traveling at speeds up to 60 km/h and the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.

Nissan: main features on facelifted model launched in Japan in February 2015

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Fuga
Premium sedan
Launch timing Feb. 2015
Driving performance 4WAS (4 Wheel Active Steer) A
ATTESA E-TS (Electronic Torque Split AWD) A
Collision safety SRS side airbag systems for front seats, SRS curtain airbag systems S
Brake operated pre-crash seat belt systems for front seats A
Pop Up Engine Hood S
Driving/ parking assistance All-Around Driving Support System (including the following eight functions affixed with *)
* Around View Monitor (Moving Object Detection, Parking Guide) (1 in the Table below) S
* Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) (2 in the Table below) A
* Emergency Brake (3 in the Table below) A
* Blind Spot Intervention (BSI)/* Blind Spot Warning (BSW) A
* Lane Departure Prevention system (LDP)/* Lane Departure Warning (LDW) A
* Back-up Collision Intervention (BCI) A
Intelligent Pedal (Distance Control Assist) A
Intelligent Cruise Control A
ECO Pedal A
Drive Mode Selector S
Visibility Active AFS A
LED headlamps S
Automatic headlight system S
Rain-sensing windshield wipers S
Comfort/ convenience Air conditioning unit with two-zone temperature control S
Active Noise Control S
Air-conditioned front seats AO
Heated rear seats A
Carwings Navigation System (4 in the Table below) S

Source: Nissan's press release on new model, Nissan on-line catalog of early July 2015
(Note) The facelifted Fuga was included in this report since it has adopted many advanced features as a premium sedan.

 

Nissan: major advanced features
(1) Around View Monitor (Moving Object Detection and Parking Guide)  Around View Monitor, which shows a bird's-eye view of the vehicle's surroundings, has incorporated the following two functions.
Moving Object Detection: Cameras detect moving objects around a vehicle when the vehicle is parked or moves out of the parking space; the system then alerts the driver both visually and audibly.
Parking Guide: When a vehicle is parking into a garage or parallel parking, the system provides a display and voice guidance for optimal vehicle maneuvering; it displays the position to begin backing in and how much the driver should turn the steering wheel.
(2) Predictive Forward Collision Warning(PFCW)  This feature uses the millimeter-wave radar fitted on the front of the vehicle to monitor the distance and relative speed to a vehicle traveling ahead of the preceding vehicle on the highways. By detecting the changes in conditions which are outside of the driver's field of view with the radar, it alerts the driver visually and audibly if deceleration is required. The system helps prevent pileup collisions which may be caused by late brake application by the driver.
(3) Emergency Brake  This collision mitigation brake is based on the millimeter-wave radar. The system is able to avoid a collision when the vehicle is traveling at speeds up to 60 km/h. If the vehicle is traveling faster than 60 km/h, it helps mitigate damages from a collision. The system works with only vehicles; it does not work with other obstacles including pedestrians and walls.
(4) Carwings  Navigation System  Carwings is Nissan's telematics service. The service can be used by connecting compatible mobile phones to the navigation system.
 For the route guidance, the system uses both statistic and real-time traffic information to provide accurate traffic predictions with the help of estimation technology. Statistic information is based on the past congestion data, while real-time information is a combination of VICS (information via beacons installed on various roads) and probe traffic information (from other Carwings members).

 

 



Mazda i-Activsense advanced safety technologies on all three new models

Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-3 (Source: Mazda's press release)

 Mazda has introduced i-Activsense which covers a series of advanced safety technologies on all the three new models: Roadster, CX-3, and Demio. Hazard Recognition Support technology such as Blind Spot Monitoring is available on the three models. In addition, the CX-3 comes with Driving Support technology comprising the Radar Cruise Control as well as Collision Avoidance/Damage Reduction Support technology including the collision mitigation brakes at low speeds and at medium and high speeds. The Demio employs only the collision mitigation brake at low speeds. Besides, on the CX-3, Mazda has adopted the Natural Sound Smoother, the world's first technology that significantly reduces the knocking sound of diesel engines.

Mazda: main features on new models launched in Japan from September 2014 to May 2015

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Roadster CX-3 Demio
Sport car SUV Small hatchback
Launch timing May 2015 Feb. 2015 Sep. 2014
Driving performance (including fuel efficiency) Torque-Sensing Super LSD A
i-stop (start-stop system) AO S S
i-ELOOP (brake energy regeneration system) AO O O
Collision stability Side airbags for front seats AO S AO
Curtain airbags S AO
Active Bonnet S
Driving/ parking assistance Back Guide Monitor S
i-Activsense (1 in the Table below)
Smart City Brake Support (Collision mitigation brake at low speeds) S A
Acceleration Control for Automatic Transmission A A
Smart Brake Support (Collision mitigation brake at medium and high speeds) AO
Lane Departure Warning AO AO O
Blind Spot Monitoring/Rear Cross Traffic Alert AO AO O
Drive Selection (Sport Mode Selection) A A
Radar Cruise Control AO
Visibility LED headlamps S AO AO
Adaptive Front Lighting System AO AO
Automatic headlight system A AO AO
High Beam Control System AO AO O
Auto-dimming rear view mirror A
Rain-sensing windshield wipers A AO AO
Comfort/ convenience Seat heaters for driver's and front passenger's seats A A
Natural Sound Smoother (2 in the Table below) O
Active Driving Display A A
7-inch WVGA center display & commander control A S AO
i-DM (Intelligent Drive Master) S S S
Mazda Connect (Connectivity system) A S O

Source: Mazda's press releases on new models, Mazda on-line catalogs of early July 2015

 

Mazda: major advanced features
(1) i-Activsense  Mazda's i-Activsense is an umbrella term covering a series of advanced safety technologies using various detection devices such as millimeter-wave radar, quasi-millimeter-wave radar, near-infrared laser radar, and cameras. While the technologies include following systems, availability of the systems varies with each model.
Hazard Recognition Support: Blind Spot Monitoring & Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Front-lighting System, High Beam Control System, Lane Departure Warning System
Driving Support: Radar Cruise Control
Collision Avoidance/Damage Reduction Support: Smart City Brake Support & Acceleration Control for Automatic Transmission, Smart Brake Support
(2) Natural Sound Smoother  The world's first technology to significantly reduce the knocking sound of diesel engines has been adopted in the Skyactiv-D 1.5 engine installed in the CX-3.
 Mazda determined that the main cause of the knocking sound was the vibration of the piston when its connecting rod expands and contracts during combustion. Thus, they inserted the part (smoother) with a dynamic damper mechanism in the cylindrical piston pin which connects the piston and connecting rod. The vibration of the part (smoother) negates that of the piston, resulting in reduction of the knocking sound.

 

 



EyeSight (ver.3) on Subaru Legacy B4 and WRX S4; Suzuki's All Grip

Subaru Legacy B4
Subaru Legacy B4 (Source: Subaru's press release)

 Fuji Heavy Industries has installed the EyeSight (ver.2) active safety system on the Exiga Crossover 7 SUV and the EyeSight (ver.3) on the Legacy B4 flagship sedan and the WRX S4 sport sedan. The WRX S4 also comes with the Advanced Safety Package which enables detection on all sides of the vehicle and enhances the overall safety performance. The package includes the systems for rear vehicle detection, high beam assist, and side view monitor.

 Suzuki has adopted the ALL GRIP, its new all-wheel drive system, on the SX4 S-CROSS crossover which the company produces in Hungary and imports to Japan. With this system, the crossover delivers excellent driving stability and traveling performance on rough roads.

Fuji Heavy Industries/Suzuki: main features on new models (excluding mini vehicles) launched in Japan from August 2014 to April 2015

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Subaru Suzuki
Exiga
Crossover
7
Legacy B4 WRX S4 SX4
S-CROSS
SUV Sedan Sport sedan Crossover
Launch timing Apr. 2015 Oct. 2014 Aug. 2014 Feb. 2015
Driving performance (including fuel efficiency) Active Torque Split AWD S S
Uneven & Variable Torque Distribution AWD S
ALL GRIP (AWD system) (1 in the Table below) A
Active Torque Vectoring S S
Start-stop system S S
Active Grill Shutter S
Collision safety Side airbags for front seats/Curtain airbags S S S
Driver's knee airbag S S
Driving/ parking assistance Rear view camera O
EyeSight (ver.2)
(Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with all-speed tracking function, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Sway Warning, Lead Vehicle Start Alert)
S
EyeSight (ver.3)
(In addition to the systems for the ver.2, Active Lane Keep, Pre-Collision Reverse Throttle Management) (2 in the Table below)
S S
Advanced Safety Package (Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, High Beam Assist (with auto-dimming rear view mirror), Side View Monitor, EyeSight Assist Monitor (3 in the Table below) O
SI-DRIVE (driving modes selection) S S S
Cruise Control System S
Visibility LED headlamps S S
Automatic headlight system S S S S
Auto-dimming rear view mirror S
Rain-sensing windshield wipers S S
Comfort/ convenience Seat heaters for driver's and passenger's seats S S O S
Seat heaters for rear outer seats S
Fully automatic air conditioning system with two-zone temperature control S S S S
SKY air conditioning system (ventilation for rear seats) S
Footwell heater for rear seats (second & third seats) S
Multi information display S
SD navigation O

Source: Fuji Heavy Industries/Suzuki's press releases on new models, on-line catalogs of early July 2015

(Note)1. Legacy B4 sedan and Legacy Outback SUV were released at the same time. This table shows the features of the Legacy B4.
2. After the WRX S4 was redesigned in August 2014, it has received a facelift in June 2015. The above table shows the feature availability of the facelifted model.

 

Fuji Heavy Industries: major advanced features
(2) EyeSight (ver.3)  The EyeSight uses a stereo camera to monitor the forward conditions. Detecting the vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and white lines, the system provides necessary driving assistance functions such as automatic emergency braking. The latest version "ver.3" has a new stereo camera which significantly improved recognition performance. It is also capable of detecting the brake lamps by using a color imaging function. Furthermore, the version enhanced performance of automatic emergency braking and added new functions such as the Lane Keep Assist.
(3) Advanced Safety Package  The Advanced Safety Package enables detection on all sides of the vehicle and enhances the overall safety performance. The facelifted Levorg released in April 2015 was the first model to adopt the package. The WRX S4 also received the package when it was given a facelift in June.
Comprising features Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist: When the system uses radar to detect other vehicles approaching from the sides and on the adjoining lanes, it lights an LED indicator on the door mirror. If the vehicle is going to change the lane, the system notifies the driver of a risk of a collision by blinking the indicator.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert: When backing out of the parking lot, the system uses radar to detect other vehicles approaching from the sides. If there is a risk of a collision, the system alerts the driver by blinking the indicator and sounding the alarm.
High Beam Assist  The system uses a new monocular camera integrated into the rear view mirror to detect preceding and oncoming vehicles and automatically switches between high and low beams. (Note) The camera for this system is not the same one for the EyeSight.
Side View Monitor  Using a camera fitted on the door mirror on the front passenger's side, the system displays the video of the area ahead of the vehicle on the left which the driver is not able to see. This is helpful when the driver pulls over to the left side of the road and passes by other vehicles on narrow streets.
EyeSight Assist Monitor  This system projects LED lamps on the windshield which are linked to the EyeSight. The driver is able to see the operating conditions of the EyeSight with a slight movement of his/her eyes. When the EyeSight detects the lane sway or departure of the vehicle, a yellow lamp flashes. If there is a risk of a collision with a preceding vehicle or object, the system blinks a red lamp.
Suzuki: major advanced features
(1) All Grip  All Grip is Suzuki's new all-wheel drive system consisting of the following three technologies.
Four mode selection: Auto mode is standard for normal conditions. Depending on the road surface conditions and situations, Sport, Snow0 or Lock mode can be selected for driving stability.
Electrically controlled AWD system: Based on the information from the sensors of throttle opening, steering angle, and vehicle speed, the system anticipates slippage and controls the vehicle before any slippage occurs. Compared to the feedback control used on other full-time AWD vehicles, this feed-forward control enables excellent driving stability.
Synergetic Vehicle Dynamics Control: The system enables synergy of the all-wheel drive control and power steering control (it controls only power steering for front-wheel drive vehicles). Through optimal distribution of torque between front and rear wheels as well as steering assist torque, it suppresses an understeer and oversteer tendency during turning a corner.

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