Driving safety in stereo
Two cameras aim to detect motoring risks, writes Neil McDonald
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.