By Bill Jacobs Auto | 04/07/2014 at 12:24 PM
How Do Lane Departure Warning Systems Work?
Mazda goes to great lengths to ensure its vehicle are safe in the event of a collision. While post-crash safety is essential, Mazda is doing more than most automakers to utilize technology to help drivers avoid accidents altogether. With the i-ACTIVSENSE proactive safety suite, you have access to cameras, sensors, radar, and lasers that help you stay more aware of your surroundings. While the i-ACTIVSENSE package includes a number of features, we’re going to focus this blog on the Lane Departure Warning System.
Lane Departure Warnings only sound during unintentional lane drifting, not during deliberate lane changes.
So how do Lane Departure Warning Systems work? In Mazda vehicles equipped with Lane Departure Warning Systems, the system warns drivers when they begin drifting into another lane by sounding an alarm.
The system is able to detect yellow or white lines on both sides of the car and is can reliably determine whether a lane change is intentional or unintentional. If the system detects your turn signals, acceleration or deliberate turning, the system likely won’t sound the alarm. If you begin drifting into another lane without signaling, however, the an alarm will sound to help you realize you are entering another lane.
This Lane Departure Warning System is especially useful in situations where you are driving on a straight road and your attention to driving may begin to wane. While it’s just one element of Mazda’s active safety features, it’s one of the most useful. If you don’t want the system to send you alerts in certain situations, you can easily turn it off with the push of a button.
The Lane Departure Warning System is available throughout the new Mazda lineup and is a good additional feature for every driver. Test drive the award-winning 2014 Mazda3 or Mazda6 to experience the Lane Departure Warning system and other elements of the i-ACTIVSENSE active safety suite.