Subaru improves EyeSight for 2014Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800
Subaru has updated its EyeSight system for future models. The system integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and vehicle lane-departure warnings. The pre-collision system can detect a vehicle in or entering a car's path, and if the driver hasn't applied the brake, the system will do so. It can also be turned off temporarily.
The safety system now features color stereo cameras that can see 40 percent longer and wider than the previous version. It can also detect brake lights and can function when the speed differential between cars is 30 mph, as opposed to 19 mph as in previous versions. The upgrade will be offered on new models later this year.
EyeSight processes two images to look at vehicles in front, as well as obstacles, traffic lanes and other potential hazards, according to Subaru. The information is sent to the EyeSight computer, which is wired to the car's braking system and throttle. The system can detect pedestrians or obstacles and apply the brake, either mitigating or avoiding an accident all together.
In addition to EyeSight, Subaru will offer a handful of new technologies for 2015. Blind spot detection will come on selected vehicles, warning drivers with a light in the mirror if the spot in the lane next to them is occupied. In the same vein, lane-change assist will flash a light if you are about to change lanes and a car is approaching quickly.
Subaru buyers will also have the choice of adding rear cross traffic alert to the option sheet. The system uses rear-facing radar to detect cars approaching from behind or from the side as the driver backs out of a parking space.
Subaru ends the press release it sent us with a section called “Cautions,” which notes that these systems are “not designed as a substitute for due care and attention on the road.”
The new Subaru EyeSight system will be offered in 2014.
By Jake Lingeman