(Pocket-lint) – The Mazda CX-60 SUV debuts new facial recognition technology for the Japanese brand, helping to automate driver seating positions. The steering wheel and seat even move apart to make it easier to get in and out of the car.
The Driver Personalization System, as it’s called, uses an on-board camera to detect the driver’s eyes, then can automatically “adjust the seat, steering wheel, head-up display [HUD] and exterior mirrors to match the driver’s eye line for a suggested optimal driving position,” according to Mazda. Clever !
The system also goes beyond the seats, with the ability to recognize up to six drivers and adjust a host of settings beyond the seats. Mazda says “over 250 adjustments and settings stored in the car” are changed, meaning your preferred climate control, audio and other settings will also automatically adjust to your preferences.
However the driver personalization system is not standard across all CX-60 models you will have to choose either Homura or Takumi trim levels otherwise it will be an extra £1400 as part of the comfort pack for those who buy entry. Upholstery from the exclusive line.
All CX-60 models are plug-in hybrid (PHEV), with a 17.8 kWh on-board battery capable of providing up to 39 miles of zero-emissions range. For many commuters, this will be an acceptable balance between relying solely on electricity and having fuel refills more readily available for long journeys.
As with any hybrid, the combination of electric motor and combustion engine – here 100kW and 2.5-litre four-cylinder – can improve the power and smoothness available, not just emissions.
The tech doesn’t stop at the driver personalization system, with a 360-degree camera being the first time Mazda has featured such technology – if you buy the Convenience Pack (£1,000) anyway – and the ability to display a top-down view of the car to aid awareness on the car’s 12.3-inch center screen.
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The Mazda CX-60 PHEV is available to order now, from £43,950 in the UK. The Homura trim is from £46,700, while Takumi takes the starting price to £48,050.
Written by Mike Lowe.