Subaru’s safety system, EyeSight™, will be fitted to some Legacy and Outback models in 2012
Australia and New Zealand will become the first overseas market for the advanced technology, which has already achieved sales success in Japan.
EyeSight™ uses minute stereo cameras located in a single compact unit near the rear-view mirror, to recognise a variety of potential road hazards and alert the driver.
EyeSight™ has been extensively tested in Australia for the last 12 months by engineers from both Subaru Australia and Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru vehicles.
New Zealand testing will be carried out in the next three months to modify the software specifically for New Zealand driving conditions.
The system includes seven key functions:
- Pre-Crash Braking – applies the brakes when a vehicle ahead is detected slowing or stopping suddenly (and the driver has failed to apply the brakes).
- Pre-Crash Brake Assist – if the system determines that a collision is highly likely and the driver applies the brakes, the system can generate 1G maximum deceleration to help reduce impact or damage.
- Progressive Start Control – if a driver accidentally applies full throttle close to a barrier or large object situated in front of the car (such as a car park wall or vehicle immediately ahead at close range), EyeSightTM inhibits the throttle opening, helping minimise or potentially avoid impact. This will also assist in helping to reduce impacts in situations when ‘Drive’ is accidentally selected instead of ‘Reverse.’
- Adaptive Cruise Control – is designed to maintain a safe distance from the ‘target’ car in front irrespective of the varying speed of that vehicle.
- Lane Departure Warning - alerts the driver if the system determines that the car is drifting across clearly marked lanes.
- Vehicle Sway Warning - alerts the driver if the car starts to sway from one side of the road to another, which may occur with fatigue.
- Progressive Motion Monitor - when the EyeSightTM-equipped vehicle is stopped and the vehicle in front starts to move, the driver receives an audible reminder and information display indicator notifying them that the vehicle in front has moved.
EyeSight™ is designed to actively assist drivers in avoiding frontal collisions, lane drifting and low speed impacts.
It can ‘lock on’ to vehicles directly in front and, when used together with adaptive cruise control, can slow, stop and accelerate to maintain a safe distance.
EyeSight™ can also recognise pedestrians, motorcycles and cyclists within its field of vision.
Depending on conditions, EyeSight™ can use pre-crash braking to help minimise any impact and damage. If the speed is less than 30 km/h, the car may be brought to a complete stop prior to impact.