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.