Monthly Archives: November 2019

Introducing the Mazda Co-Pilot Concept

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For decades, Mazda has engineered safe, fun-to-drive vehicles that feature the day’s leading technologies. As the automotive industry moves towards autonomous vehicles, Mazda takes aim at the emerging technology with its brand-new Mazda Co-Pilot Concept.

Safety First

The Co-Pilot Concept from Mazda will utilize autonomous driving technologies to monitor the behavior of both the driver and the vehicle. If the driver becomes incapacitated, Co-Pilot will take control, steer to a safe location and alert emergency services. Though this technology is currently in development for the upcoming 2020 Mazda Co-Pilot Concept2, you shouldn’t expect to see the Co-Pilot in Mazda vehicles for sale here at El Dorado Mazda for a few years. Mazda aims for Co-Pilot technology to be standard on all Mazda vehicles by 2025.

Autonomy, Not Automation

Mazda designs cars and SUVs for customers who love to hear the engine roar to life and feel the pavement beneath the tires, not those looking for a hands-off, chauffeured ride. As such, the Co-Pilot concept will not fully automate driving. Instead, you will be able to enjoy the thrill of the open road and the peace of mind afforded by autonomous technologies intended to avoid emergencies. The automaker’s “human-centered” autonomous solution looks to keep the joy behind the driver’s seat while keeping the roads safer for everyone.

While Co-Pilot isn’t available yet, the team of sales consultants at El Dorado Mazda is happy to walk you through the automaker’s current impressive suite of available safety features.

Mazda Makes Rear Seat Reminder Commitment

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In September 2019, Mazda joined a growing number of automotive giants committed to making rear seat reminders a standard feature in the industry. Mazda, as well as the other automakers in this voluntary agreement, agreed to ensure a rear seat reminder system is included on all vehicles across the lineup by 2025.

Rear seat reminders provide feedback intended to alert those traveling with children to check the back seats before exiting the car. With rear seat reminders, audible and visible notifications trigger when the vehicle detects a child is still in the vehicle after the engine is turned off.

The goal of the program is to protect children from the many dangers of being left alone in a vehicle. Per Mazda’s President, Jeff Guyton, “Sadly, each year, we see children die from heatstroke suffered when left unattended in the back seat of passenger vehicles — most of these deaths are caused by children being unintentionally left in the vehicles.” Providing rear seat reminder technology across the Mazda lineup will help avoid unnecessary safety hazards for children.

The step to join this pact to standardize rear seat reminders is yet another demonstration of the commitment by Mazda to keep its passengers safe. Contact your trusted sales associates at El Dorado Mazda if you are interested in discussing the robust existing suite of passive and active safety technologies offered in the Mazda lineup.