Experience Mazda's Human-centric Design Philosophy

Every Mazda vehicle is designed by world-class teams of engineers led by Norihiro Tomita. Each Mazda vehicle is guided by the philosophy that we must strive for a oneness between driver and car. The car should be designed around the driver as opposed to forcing the driver to adapt to the car. There have been many recent changes to new Mazda models to make them more driver-friendly.

Comfort and Posture

To start this redesigning process, the engineers at Mazda had to first understand the ideal posture of a seated driver. Through repeated assessments and tests, Mazda managed to develop a systematic understanding of what makes for a comfortable driver.

The major takeaway is that the human body is more aware and less prone to fatigue when physically relaxed. So theoretically all the team needed to do was take measurements of a person in a relaxed position and build a cabin around that. This was not as easy as it sounds.

One Improvement Leads to Another

The first big obstacle was that to put the drivers legs in a relaxed position, the team needed to move the front wheel house. Moving the front wheel house necessitated moving the engine and so on and so forth.

This was a highly complicated engineering puzzle that took the teams at Mazda some time to perfect. Once it was finished, they found that making these improvements led to new ones, including space for a more powerful exhaust system and a more appealing stance.

The Future of Development

The human-centric design is the central philosophy to Mazda's development team. In the future all Mazda vehicles will be held to this high standard of comfort. Examples of improvements include a bottom-hinged accelerator, which is now standard on all new-generation Mazda models.

New challenges are always presenting themselves, but with dedication and an innovative flexible production system, the Mazda development team is looking towards a bright future.

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