Mazda details new G-Vectoring chassis control system
Japanese car maker Mazda has this week revealed details – although no images – of its new electronic chassis system, designed to shift focus towards long-distance comfort and stability in its passenger cars, rather than outright handling.
Dubbed the ‘G-Vectoring Control’ (GVC) system, the technology is part of the company’s wider plan to reduce driver fatigue and stress in its future models.
According to the manufacturer, the GVC system uses small changes in the engine torque output to place additional weight on the front wheels, allowing the vehicle to be steered much more easily around corners and with less steering inputs.
Offering more precise steering, the system is said to provide improved ride feel and passenger comfort. It’s also claimed the system can reduce lateral forces on occupants when travelling over rough surfaces.
Mazda’s comfort-focussed vision for the future will expand to include a number of other additions set to feature in upcoming models.
Along with the new GVC system, future vehicles will also gain front seats that are designed to hold passengers more firmly and reduce pressure points on the occupant’s bodies.
Additionally, the vehicle’s driving position will focus on allowing a comfortable range of movement, along with pedal locations that Mazda engineers claim are ‘ideal’.
News of Mazda’s new comfort-focussed philosophy follows French car maker Citroen unveiling its C4 Cactus-based Advanced Comfort concept this week.
Citroen’s technology features an all-new hydraulic suspension system, structural improvements and bed-inspired seats, claimed to offer a ‘flying carpet’ ride.
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