Mazda RVM System Awarded by Euro NCAP
The system includes two radar sensors, one mounted in each side of the rear bumper, constantly measure the distance to, and the relative speed of, surrounding vehicles.
At speeds above 60 km/h, Mazda’s RVM warns the driver with a proximity indicator light in the door mirror on the side where, either a vehicle is in the blind spot area, or a vehicle will approach this area in the next 5 seconds from within a zone of up to 50 m.
"Mazda identified that nearly 5 percent of all accidents are between vehicles driving in the same direction, nearly 80 percent of which are due to a lane change. Taking into account the system’s specifications, the Mazda RVM has the potential to help avoid more than half of these accidents," a company statement explains.
Mazda was the first Japanese carmaker to introduce a rear vehicle monitoring system to Europe with the Mazda6 RVM in 2008. It was then made available on the Mazda3 and the CX-7 in 2009, and will be included in the new Mazda CX-5 premiering at the IAA in September together with the facelifted Mazda3.