The amount of information presented to you when driving continues its increase. For example, i-ACTIVSENSE defects traffic conditions around the vehicle and provides warning, while MZD CONNECT, the new in-vehicle connectivity system, offers the latest Internet-connected services via your smartphone. So to present this rising tide of information without compromising safety, Mazda engineered the cockpit's HMI design to prevent confusion in decision-making, minimize driver eye movements, and reduce physical stress.
The cockpit itself is divided into two zones, one focused on driving and the other focused on infotainment, and each zone has information displays and controls according to its purpose. Physically separating these interfaces promotes easier recognition and smoother operation.
Frequently used operations are controlled by steering-wheel mounted switches without taking the hands off the steering wheel.
Information for MZD CONNECT’s audio, communication and navigation functions is displayed on a seven-inch centre display featuring graphics designed for instant legibility. Multi-stage operations of MZD CONNECT are quickly and accurately controlled by a commander control located on the floor console where the driver’s hand naturally falls.