The next-generation Mazda Adaptive LED Headlight (ALH) represents the next step in the evolution of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety systems. Additionally, the ALH offers enhanced recognition support when driving at night, thanks to LEDs with the glare-free high beam technology. Divided into four blocks, the LED light source for the high beams is able to be switched on and off independently. The system uses a camera to detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles or the rearlights of cars ahead, and turns off only the light-source block which is illuminating in the specific direction of the other vehicles. This makes it possible to drive with the high beams on at all times, significantly improving visibility when driving at night, without dazzling drivers of other vehicles.
In addition, the ALH features wide-distribution low beams. By adding an LED light source to the side of the headlights, wide-distribution low beams expand the area of illumination on either side of the vehicle, illuminating areas where traditional headlights cannot. This makes it easier to see pedestrians and other obstacles at intersections at night. At the same time, Highway mode utilizes the motor of the headlights’ auto-leveling mechanism to automatically raise the axis of lighting when travelling at highway speeds, making it easier to see road signs and obstacles as early as possible.
Also on exhibit at CEATEC is the new Mazda3 or Axela as it’s fondly known in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Mazda3 on display has been equipped with high-precision GPS, technologies which sense the state of the vehicle, and motion control technologies that focus on human senses.
Next up, the new Mazda2 or commonly known as the Demio in Japan takes up the new-generation HMI (Human Machine Interface), which puts top priority on safe driving and minimizes the factors that lead to driver distraction.
The HMI incorporated in the new Mazda2 includes a 7-inch center display that ensures maximum legibility, a commander control knob designed to be operated by touch alone, and a cutting-edge Active Driving Display which projects a virtual image of essential information, such as the vehicle speed, above the meter hood.
Mazda becomes the first automaker to display relevant driver’s assistant systems and technologies to the public at this major IT & Electronics exhibition.