Mazda Motor has developed an automated anti-collision braking system that will be available on the new CX-5 SUV it will launch this year.

The Japanese carmaker said in a press release that its Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system will use a laser sensor to detect obstacles. The technology will then automatically reduce the extent of the brake rotor travel to quicken braking operation.

If a driver doesn't take action to avoid a collision, the SCBS automatically activates the brakes and reduces the engine output.

Mazda said the system will, in particular, help avoid collisions or mitigate the damage from rear-end collisions at low speeds, which are the most common accidents with other vehicles.

SCBS operates at speeds of between 4km and 30 km/hour.