Subaru announces new EyeSight system for the 2012 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on March 19, 2012

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.

Press Release

Subaru's New EyeSight System Debuts at New York International Auto Show

Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) will introduce its brand new EyeSight™ driver assistance system on its 2013 Legacy and Outback 3.6R Limited Package models later this year. This suite of safety and driver assist technologies will debut at the New York International Auto Show and will subsequently appear on other products in the Subaru lineup in future years. This new technology, which can detect obstacles in front of the car and limit potential damage in an impact, reinforces Subaru's commitment to remaining leaders in safety. EyeSight also integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and a vehicle lane departure warning. Combining safety and convenience features, the Subaru EyeSight system will be one of the most affordable such technologies available in the North American market. Unlike other manufacturers who only introduce this system in top-end models, Subaru's plans to incorporate EyeSight in its intermediate, mid-size segment will further enhance an already value-packed offering.

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 travelling 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 30 km/h, 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.

Pre-Collision Braking Control and Collision Mitigation
At relative speeds under approximately 30 km/h, EyeSight's Pre-Collision Braking System can help avoid a potential collision. The system can detect obstacles in the car's path and, if the driver has not applied the brakes in time, the system can act to slow the vehicle or bring it to a full stop. 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 30 km/h, EyeSight will mitigate potential damage from a collision. The system 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. The system, which can recognize programmed objects such as vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, can help mitigate collision damage.

Lane Departure and Sway Warning
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.

Adaptive Cruise Control
Intended for highway 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 travelling distance. Adaptive Cruise Control is operational from 40-145 km/h and can continually brake until the vehicle stops if the system "locks on" to a vehicle ahead.

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.

Additional EyeSight Benefits
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, providing the system has been turned on for at least 10 seconds. EyeSight's stereo camera design provides a detection angle wider than that of radar-based systems.

Cautions
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. Finally, even with the advanced technology used, a driver with good vision and who is paying attention will always be the best safety system.

About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada.

 

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