How to use Active Driving Display on Mazda CX-3, CX-5, CX-9, Mazda3 or Mazda6

Although beautiful to admire, your Mazda’s interior is also designed to keep your eyes on the road, which helps you to be more in control of your vehicle, and aware of your surroundings. To further that concept, Mazda offers an active driving display in select models.

Mazda CX-5 – (photo by Mazda USA)

Its designed to project key driving, navigation and safety information onto the windshield in full color, directly in your line of sight – so you never have to look away for the information you need while driving, which means every drive can be best experience possible.

The Active Driving Display starts by displaying key driving information like vehicle speed, and any current cruise control settings.


When following a route programmed into the vehicle’s navigation system, it will display the next turn by turn instructions. Note that when connected to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, turn by turn display will not be displayed in the Active Driving Display.

Active Driving Display – (photo by Mazda USA)

Safety Warning Indicators

The Active Driving Display will also show warning indicators from various features of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety system. It will show warnings for:

  • Blind-spot Monitoring
  • Radar Cruise Control + Stop & Go
  • Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning
  • Smart City Brake Support & Smart Brake Support

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS)

Mazda’s distance recognition support system recognizes objects within a 32 foot range and illuminates on the display. And when information is available, the traffic sign recognition feature will show posted speed limits for your current location – and stop signs and do not stop signs as you approach them.

How to change settings

To make adjustments on the Active Driving Display, follow these instructions.

  • Select the “Settings” icon on the home screen of your Mazda’s infotainment screen.
  • Go to Active Driving Display settings shown on “AD-Disp” tab.
  • The screen brightness can be automatically or manually adjusted using the “Brightness Control” option.
  • The angle and the height of the display can be adjusted to best fit your line of sight by simply sliding the “Height” selection indicator to the left or right.
  • You can also adjust the amount of information you want on the Active Driving Display. You can opt to select or deselect turn by turn navigation guidance by going to “Display Information” and then “Navigation” option.
  • You can also opt to turn the entire display off by unchecking the box next to “Active Driving Display” under Active Display (“AD-Disp”) settings.
  • Any changes you make to the Active Driving Display can be restored to factory settings by selecting “Reset”.

Before you jump into the driver seat to enjoy any driving, always be sure to adjust the display while the vehicle is safely stopped.

Author: Nabeel K