The EyeSight driver assistance system of Subaru of America, Inc. is set to officially debut at the New York International Auto Show on 2013 Legacy and Outback models. However, Subaru has unveiled the details of this series of safety and driver assist technologies. Other products in the Subaru lineup will soon get EyeSight.
This new technology combines adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning to detect obstacles in front of a parked car and minimize damage in the event of an impact. It will be offered later this year. The Subaru EyeSight system enhances safety and convenience but it’s still one of the most affordable of technologies offered in the U.S.
EyeSight features two charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras that Subaru has developed. EyeSight is mounted inside the car on the upper edge of the windshield and minimizes the potential for damage that may take place in bumper-mounted systems like radar. The EyeSight system processes stereo images to recognize the vehicles moving in front.
It also spots various obstacles, traffic lanes and other things. This video information is sent to the EyeSight computer, which is networked with the car's braking system and electronic throttle control.
When moving in speeds that are below 19mph, EyeSight can detect pedestrians in the vehicle's path and can act to prevent the collision, or at least lessen the impact. In some instances, Eyesight can bring the car to a complete stop in order to avoid a crash.
One system in the new Subaru is the Adaptive Cruise Control which is projected to be used when driving on the highway. An interesting feature is known as Eyesight which ensures the model is running at a safe distance to the vehicle that is in the front. What is needed is first is for the driver to set a travelling distance and target speed. After that, the system makes the necessary adjustment by accelerating or braking.
The system becomes operational within a certain range starting from 40 km/h and up to 145 km/h. If ever it detects a vehicle in the front and locks on it, it activates the brake eventually making the vehicle stop. In order to improve convenience, the system also helps the driver during stop-and-go traffic on the freeway by making sure that the vehicle is at a certain distance from the one in the front. Not only does the Adaptive Cruise Control ensure that the driver is kept alert and thus experience less fatigue.
The EyeSight also brings with it added benefits in that under heavy traffic situations, this feature is able to warn the driver if the vehicle in front has already moved and the driver has not yet reacted after several seconds. Through the EyeSight, damage resulting from collisions is mitigated given that if a vehicle is already ahead and the accelerator pedal is still pressed, the system nevertheless cuts the throttle.
Another interesting feature is that it helps the driver when backing out from a parking space and unknowingly shifts to Drive rather than Reverse. This is only effective though if the system has been activated for a minimum of 10 seconds.
Finally it has a stereo camera that has been designed to have a detection angle that is wider even when compared to many radar-based systems. The EyeSight system of the Subaru is not only for the Adaptive Cruise Control but also for the Lane Departure and Sway Warning. It activates if it determines that the vehicle has started to sway from the travel lane or has started to go outside the lane without the turn signal being triggered. The warning is cancelled once the driver makes use of the turn signal.