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Mazda takes car connectivity to next generation

With 2014 right around the corner, many motoring fans will have their eyes locked on the showcase North American International Auto Show in January where a host of exciting concepts will be unveiled. However, make sure to note down the 2014 International CES too: because Mazda will use the event to introduce some exciting new technology.

The Japanese carmaker will showcase its next-generation car connectivity at the event as well as an application platform meant to encourage the development of applications to be used in vehicles.

Mazda3 SkyActiv-CNG Concept

The idea behind Mazda Connect is to offer the convenience of a smart phone but in a safe environment for in-vehicle use. It was introduced originally in the new Mazda3 (pictured): and at the CES event, Mazda will display a new human machine interface that has been developed with safety as its top priority.

The HMI allows drivers to keep their eyes off the road for the minimum amount of time possible. It includes a seven-inch centre display with maximum legibility, a commander control and an active driving display with a virtual image of driving information.

In addition, the application platform will allow developers to create and offer applications for a safe driving environment. It will provide app developers with an environment to develop the technology without needing specialist knowledge about automotive safety.

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Paul Lucas

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