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.
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AVAILABLE & AFFORDABLE
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.
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.