Subaru of America is introducing a new and improved version of its EyeSight driver assistance system. The new EyeSight system now boasts of color stereo cameras and provides around 40 percent longer and wider detection range, brake light detection and can now fully operate at a speed differential of to 30 mph.
The current generation Eyesight system received a superior rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety after its first test of accident avoidance technology in 2013. The Subaru EyeSight system is now one of the most affordable crash avoidance technologies available in the United States. Available in the US for nearly two years now, the EyeSight system has received acclamations from safety experts and customers.
According to research, 9 of 10 Subaru customers who bought the EyeSight system would recommend it while more than half said that the system has helped avoid an accident. The new Eyesight -- employing two color cameras developed by Subaru -- functions smoother and boasts of quicker reaction time. It is mounted inside the car on the upper edge of the windshield. Its housing has been made 15 percent smaller.
The location of Eyesight system trims the risks of damage that could occur in bumper-mounted systems. The EyeSight system processes stereo images to identify the vehicles in front, as well as obstacles and traffic lanes. The information is then transmitted to the EyeSight computer that is also linked with the vehicle’s braking system and electronic throttle control.
The new EyeSight system could also detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path and can activate to mitigate or even avoid the collision. Under some conditions, Eyesight could also bring a car to a complete stop to completely prevent a collision. Subaru will also introduce this year three more technologies -- blind spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert – into its product line-up starting in 2014. [source: Subaru]