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.