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SUBARU’S Eye­Sight col­li­sion avoid­ance tech­nol­ogy has been sin­gled out for praise in the in­au­gu­ral Car Tech Awards es­tab­lished by ex­pert au­to­mo­tive and tech­nol­ogy re­view­ers from Car­buyer and Alphr. The awards judges gave the safety sys­tem on the Subaru Out­back a ‘highly com­mended’ ac­co­lade in the ‘ Best Safety In­no­va­tion – over £ 25,000’ cat­e­gory.

Eye­Sight is a cam­era-based driver as­sis­tance sys­tem that acts as a ‘sec­ond pair of eyes’ for drivers, em­ploy­ing stereo cam­era tech­nol­ogy to mon­i­tor the road and traf­fic ahead for po­ten­tial haz­ards. The judg­ing panel rated the Out­back’s Eye­Sight sys­tem ahead of safety tech­nolo­gies from a num­ber of more ex­pen­sive mod­els from other brands.

Stu­art Milne, Car­buyer edi­tor, said: ‘ The bril­liance of Eye­Sight is that its sys­tems are very ef­fec­tive and well pack­aged, and it goes about its busi­ness with the min­i­mum of fuss. Fea­tures like lead ve­hi­cle start alert and pre- col­li­sion throt­tle man­age­ment are two ex­cep­tional fea­tures that are of real ben­e­fit. The Out­back’s Eye­Sight sys­tem re­ally im­pressed us, and it beat some very big names in its class.’

The Car Tech Awards have been es­tab­lished to cel­e­brate the best in- car tech­nol­ogy cur­rently avail­able to mo­torists. The awards fol­low months of test­ing ev­ery ma­jor new car on the mar­ket to­day, in or­der to find the most ef­fec­tive tech­nolo­gies avail­able to buy­ers. Paul Tun­ni­cliffe, man­ag­ing firec­tor of

Subaru UK, said: ‘ We are de­lighted Eye­Sight has been highly com­mended by Car­buyer and Alphr. Our cus­tomers rate Eye­Sight very highly and love that the cam­era- based tech­nol­ogy of­fers peace of mind, in a com­pletely un­ob­tru­sive way.’


Fit­ted as stan­dard to ev­ery Subaru Out­back sold in the UK with a Lin­eartronic (CVT) trans­mis­sion, Eye­Sight con­trib­uted to the Out­back’s max­i­mum five-star Euro NCAP crash test safety rat­ing. It fea­tures six tech­nolo­gies to max­imise safety: pre­c­ol­li­sion brak­ing, pre- col­li­sion throt­tle man­age­ment, adap­tive cruise con­trol, lane de­par­ture and sway warn­ing, pre- col­li­sion steer­ing as­sist, and lead ve­hi­cle start alert.

Eye­Sight’s two colour cam­eras are lo­cated ei­ther side of the rear view mir­ror, and de­tect the pres­ence of ve­hi­cles, pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and other po­ten­tial haz­ards up to 110 me­tres in front.

In 2015, Subaru re­leased data from a sur­vey of traf­fic ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing Subaru ve­hi­cles in Ja­pan from 2010 to 2014. The data re­vealed a 61 per cent re­duc­tion in crashes for ve­hi­cles equipped with Eye­Sight, com­pared to those with­out.


The Car Tech Awards, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween lead­ing car re­view and tech­nol­ogy web­sites Car­buyer and Alphr, de­liv­ers the de­fin­i­tive ver­dict on in- car tech­nol­ogy.

En­trants were split into two price cat­e­gories – un­der £ 25,000 and over £ 25,000 – with ex­pert testers ex­am­in­ing au­dio, con­nec­tiv­ity, driver as­sis­tance sys­tems, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems, self- park­ing tech­nol­ogy, au­ton­o­mous driv­ing sys­tems, and safety in­no­va­tions.

The Subaru Out­back is priced from £30,995 (on-the- road).

To find out more about the Subaru Out­back and its ad­vanced Eye­Sight col­li­sion avoid­ance tech­nol­ogy, visit

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