Subaru Eye­Sight

Shepparton News - Shepparton Car Weekly - - SHEPPARTON CAR WEEKLY -

Subaru has re­vealed de­tails of its next gen­er­a­tion Eye­Sight driver as­sist sys­tem, with stereo cam­era tech­nol­ogy re­fined to help fur­ther re­duce driver fa­tigue. Eye­Sight is al­ready recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally as a leader in its class and the new gen­er­a­tion of­fers even bet­ter ac­cu­racy in “see­ing” ob­jects.

Among the new fea­tures are colour recog­ni­tion, com­bined with an in­crease of around 40 per cent in view­ing an­gle and dis­tance.

Ob­ject recog­ni­tion ac­cu­racy is im­proved and brake lights and red traf­fic sig­nals can be recog­nised too.

This en­hances Eye­Sight’s ex­ist­ing core func­tions of low-speed col­li­sion avoid­ance and po­ten­tially re­duc­ing col­li­sion dam­age. Also new is “Ac­tive Lane Keep”, which in­cludes two func­tions: • Lane Keep­ing As­sist- recog­nises the lines on both sides of the lane and has steer­ing as­sist con­trols to keep the driver in the mid­dle of the lane. • Lane Depar­ture Preven­tion As­sist - ap­plies force to the steer­ing wheel to sup­press de­vi­a­tion if the ve­hi­cle al­most strays over the lane lines. With its new colour recog­ni­tion fea­ture, up­dated Eye­Sight can po­ten­tially de­tect the brake lights of the ve­hi­cle ahead and, linked to Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol, al­low even faster de­cel­er­a­tion than with the present sys­tem.

Cur­rently, Eye­Sight uses stereo cam­eras to mea­sure dis­tances and recog­nise ob­jects. Just as a driver senses much in­for­ma­tion vis­ually, it can de­tect things like other ve­hi­cles, pedes­tri­ans, bi­cy­cles, mo­tor­cy­cles and lane lines, and ad­just the ve­hi­cle’s per­for­mance ac­cord­ingly. It in­cludes mul­ti­ple driver as­sis­tance fea­tures, such as Pre-Col­li­sion Brak­ing, to slow or po­ten­tially stop the ve­hi­cle, with au­to­matic brak­ing.

In Ja­pan, ac­cu­mu­lated sales of Eye­Sight-equipped models have sur­passed 150 000, while in Aus­tralia, the sys­tem is stan­dard in some Out­back, Lib­erty and Forester vari­ants.

The new Eye­Sight fea­tures will be in­tro­duced in Ja­pan dur­ing 2014 with tim­ing for Aus­tralia yet to be an­nounced.

Other en­hance­ments in­clude pre-col­li­sion brak­ing con­trol oper­at­ing at speeds of less than ap­prox­i­mately 50 km/h – in the cur­rent sys­tem it is less than 30 km/h.

Pre-col­li­sion Brake As­sist now also works at speeds un­der 70 km/h - cur­rently it is un­der 50 km/h.

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