The all-new Mazda3's huge range of advanced on-board tech offers drivers a highly sophisticated ownership experience.
However, while it’s been raising the level of interactivity and connectivity in the small compact car segment to new heights, Mazda has never lost sight of the potential pitfalls such a wealth of technology can create. Information overload can be distracting, stressful and, if diverting your attention from the road ahead for more than a split second, downright dangerous.
That's why the cockpit of the all-new Mazda3 features an innovative set of displays and controls that have been carefully crafted to help drivers easily digest this increased input – making the new technology as safe to use as possible.
One such example is the new Active Driving Display featured as standard on all Mazda3 Sport Nav models. It's one of the first vehicles in its segment to be equipped with a head-up system, which is perfect for ensuring the driver's eyes spend the maximum amount of time focused on the road.
Rising silently from the surface of the dashboard, the system's transparent screen provides drivers with real-time driving information. This includes vehicle speed; chosen cruise-control speed; information from the sat-nav system (including turn-by-turn directions, distance and lane guidance); as well as the operational status of the Mazda3's active safety systems such as Smart City Brake Support.
The Active Driving Display’s height can be adjusted via the vehicle's touch-screen or rotary dial-operated multimedia system, which means it projects information at a focal point around 1.5 metres ahead of the driver's eyes, minimising focal adjustment and eye movement between the display and the road ahead.