Driv­ing safety in stereo

Two cam­eras aim to de­tect mo­tor­ing risks, writes Neil McDon­ald

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

AFRESH set of eyes is about to make driv­ing a Subaru eas­ier. Called Eye­sight, the hi-tech safety sys­tem is be­ing tested by Subaru Aus­tralia.

It is ex­pected to be rolled out lo­cally next year on high-end Lib­erty and Out­back mod­els.

Two cam­eras are mounted near the rear-view mir­ror.

‘‘The rea­son it’s called Eye­sight is be­cause the stereo cam­eras repli- cate hu­man eye­sight,’’ Subaru Aus­tralia tech­ni­cal ser­vices man­ager, Derek Ashby, says.

It is avail­able in Lib­erty, Out­back and Ex­iga mod­els in Ja­pan for about $1200.

The sys­tem re­quires clear weather to work prop­erly. In rain or bright di­rect sun­light its per­for­mance is di­min­ished.

Subaru has been test­ing a third­gen­er­a­tion ver­sion here for the past nine months to pro­gram lo­cal driv­ing con­di­tions into it.

Eye­sight’s two dig­i­tal cam­eras feed in­for­ma­tion into a mi­cro­pro­ces­sor above the wind­screen. It locks on to any ve­hi­cle in front and when used with the adap­tive cruise con­trol, will slow, stop or ac­cel­er­ate the car.

It will also ap­ply the brakes in stop-start traf­fic to pre­vent crash­ing into the back of other ve­hi­cles. Other func­tions in­clude lanede­par­ture warn­ing and sway warn­ing. It will also stop a driver from ac­ci­den­tally driv­ing into a car park wall if they ac­ci­dent hit the ac­cel­er­a­tor in­stead of the brake. Its in­ven­tors say it can also de­tect peo­ple and bikes.

The sys­tem will also beep at inat­ten­tive driv­ers to let them know the ve­hi­cle in front has moved away from traf­fic lights or an in­ter­sec­tion.

A pre-crash func­tion will brake the car to a com­plete stop be­low 30km/ h to avoid low-speed col­li­sions.

Subaru also says it will also work at speeds above 30km/h and up to 50km/h with min­i­mal dam­age.

Eye­sight has been de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with Hi­tachi.

Alert: cam­eras by the rear-view mir­ror en­able Subaru’s Eye­sight sys­tem to­warn of dangers, in­clud­ing pedes­tri­ans, bikes and stopped.

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