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 |  Feb 14 2012, 11:15 AM

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In an ever continuing effort to provide more active safety technology to more cars, innovations once exclusive to premium and luxury vehicles are trickling down to family vehicles.

Mazda will offer its new Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system for the new CX-5 compact crossover.  This new brake controller intervenes to prevent distracted drivers from frontal collisions at slow speeds.

SCBS is Mazda’s latest safety device, which operates at speeds between 3 to 19 mph. A windshield-mounted laser sensor act as the digital eyes of the vehicle, detecting oncoming obstacles while automatically shortening brake travel in order to minimize brake activation time.

If the driver fails to react to the obstacle ahead, the SCBS system will automatically engage the CX-5′s brakes while reducing engine output in an effort to prevent a collision, or to minimize its severity.

SCBS also incorporates acceleration control for automatic transmission, which will not allow unintended acceleration when the throttle is accidentally depressed when the driver is looking for the brakes.

Check out Mazda’s SCBS in action after the jump.

GALLERY: Mazda CX-5 Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)

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