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Subaru EyeSight™

Subaru EyeSight  

Currently Available on 2013/14 Subaru Legacy, Forester and Outback and models

Subaru of America, Inc. has debuted its EyeSight driver assistance system. The suite of safety and driver assist technologies was first seen at the New York International Auto Show on 2013 Legacy and Outback models. EyeSight will subsequently appear on other products in the Subaru line-up including the 2014 Subaru Forester. EyeSight integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning (see below for additional details). The new technology, which can also detect obstacles in front of a parked car and limit potential damage in an impact, aims at reducing rear-end accidents that now account for 6 percent of crashes with fatalities and 31 percent of those that resulted in injuries.

IIHS Names Subaru EyeSight System Top Rated

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that the Subaru EyeSight system was the top rated forward collision avoidance system among all mid-size vehicles. IIHS issued their first crash avoidance ratings - with the Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback earning PERFECT scores.

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Subaru Legacy and Outback models equipped with the EyeSight system earned a Superior rating and the top score overall in that category, outscoring Cadillac ATS and SRX, Mercedes Benz C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 in that same Superior category.  Tests were conducted at 12 mph and 25 mph, and ratings were assigned to each test result as well as a rating for forward collision warning.

Read the IIHS Report Online

Professional driver Emile Bouret has over 15 years experience in the automotive industry as a car designer for various manufacturers and nearly 25-years experience in racing. His client list includes Porsche, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Mazda, and Swift Engineering, with both production cars and concept cars to his credit. Here he clearly enjoys discussing the finer points of the new Subaru Eyesight System


Combining safety and convenience features, the Subaru EyeSight system is one of the most affordable of such technologies available in the United States market. EyeSight uses two charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras developed by Subaru. EyeSight is mounted inside the car on the upper edge of the windshield, thus reducing the potential for damage that could occur in bumper-mounted systems, such as radar. The EyeSight system processes stereo images to identify the vehicles traveling in front, as well as obstacles, traffic lanes and other items.

The video information is relayed to the EyeSight computer, which is also networked with the car's braking system and electronic throttle control. Below speeds of approximately 19mph, EyeSight is capable of detecting pedestrians in the vehicle's path and can activate in order to mitigate or even avoid the collision. Under certain circumstances, Eyesight is able to bring the car to a complete stop, thus avoiding a collision.

Key Features of EyeSight™

Intended for freeway use, Eyesight's Adaptive Cruise Control system can maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, braking and/or accelerating the car as needed to maintain the driver-selected target speed and traveling distance. Adaptive Cruise Control is operational from 1-87 mph and can fully brake the vehicle to a stop if the system "locks on" to a vehicle ahead.

By monitoring traffic lane markers and lines, the Subaru EyeSight system can detect if the car begins to wander outside the intended lane without a turn signal being used, or if the car begins to sway within the travel lane. Using the turn signal cancels the warning.

Lead Vehicle Start Alert prompts the driver that the vehicle in front is moving away, after being stopped. This effectively alerts the driver, if their vehicle does not start moving, that the traffic ahead is moving again.

At relative speeds under approximately 19 mph, EyeSight's Pre-Collision Braking System can detect obstacles in the car's path and, if the driver has not applied the brakes in time, the system can do so to slow the vehicle or bring it to a full stop to help avoid the potential collision. Pre-Collision Braking is always on in the background to act like a second set of eyes for the driver. It can also be turned off temporarily for off-road or rough road travel.

At relative speeds above approximately 19 mph, EyeSight can apply the brakes when an object is detected, and will attempt to brake if the driver takes no evasive action, or does not brake appropriately. In this way it will mitigate potential damage from a collision. The system, which can recognize programmed objects such as vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, can help mitigate collision damage.

Pre-Collision Throttle Management reduces available acceleration in situations where the system detects objects in front of the vehicle that the vehicle is likely to impact. The engine output is restricted to reduce possible impact force and frontal impact damage, and to help prevent injury should the driver mistakenly accelerate when an object directly in front of the car is recognised by EyeSight™.

Additional EyeSight Benefits

As an added convenience, Adaptive Cruise Control assists the driver in heavy "stop and go" freeway traffic by maintaining distance from the vehicle ahead. This feature can help reduce driver fatigue, which can therefore help keep the driver alert. In heavy traffic conditions, EyeSight will also alert the driver when the vehicle ahead has moved if he or she doesn't react within several seconds.  The technology can also help reduce collision damages by cutting the throttle when it senses an obstacle in front, but the accelerator pedal continues to be pushed. The system is also effective when a driver shifts into 'Drive' inadvertently instead of 'Reverse' when backing out of a parking space. The stereo camera design of EyeSight provides a detection angle wider than that of radar-based systems.


EyeSight is not designed as a substitute for due care and attention to the road. The system may not react in every situation. There are certain operational limitations, such as when weather conditions obscure the view of the cameras. Please refer to the EyeSight Owner Manual for full descriptions and operational limitations. Finally, even with the advanced technology used, a driver with good vision and who is paying attention will always be the best safety system.

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Extensively tested in Australia
, EyeSight became standard equipment in 2012 Liberty 3.6R Premium and Outback 3.6R Premium models.

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: "EyeSight continues Subaru's strong commitment to safety - active safety, passive safety and now preventative safety.

Every week we see stories about cars crashing through car park barriers and walls. One of EyeSight's seven key features, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, is aimed at massively reducing the likelihood of this happening by basically inhibiting the engine in such situations.

The other clever aspect of EyeSight is that it doesn't rely on combinations of additional complex technologies, such as microwave and radar - it's a relatively simple stereo camera system, which delivers comparable results to many competitors without a massive price premium."

He added: "Subaru has a rock-solid reputation for safety. Every one of our current line-up has an independent five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and EyeSight only extends that commitment even further."

In the U.S. the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recognized Subaru as the only manufacturer with a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK  winner for all models for the fourth consecutive year.