Subaru Eye­sight – your third eye on the road

The Oban Times - - MOTORS -

Pedes­tri­ans are par­tic­u­larly at risk on the road; a col­li­sion with a car of­ten has se­vere, life-al­ter­ing con­se­quences for this group. Mod­ern emer­gency brake sys­tems with pedes­trian recog­ni­tion can pre­vent or re­duce the sever­ity of these ac­ci­dents. ADAC, the Ger­man Au­to­mo­bile Club rated the Subaru Eye­Sight as­sis­tance sys­tem highly; and ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing re­li­able pro­tec­tion day and night.

The au­to­mo­bile club closely ex­am­ined the emer­gency brake as­sis­tance sys­tems of six mod­els and brands, in­clud­ing four pre­mium man­u­fac­tur­ers. The Subaru Out­back con­vinced with its cam­era-based Eye­Sight sys­tem across the board. Eye­Sight came out on top and was the only sys­tem tested to achieve full points in all three cat­e­gories tested – pedes­trian, cy­clist and night driv­ing. While sys­tems from other man­u­fac­tur­ers use var­i­ous sen­sor tech­nolo­gies such as cam­era and radar or mi­cro- waves, Eye­Sight func­tions purely op­ti­cally. The Subaru tech­ni­cians have placed two cam­era lenses to the left and right of the rear-view mir­ror that to­gether cre­ate a stereo­scopic im­age.

The stereo- cam­eras in­stalled on the wind­screen re­li­ably cap­tures pedes­tri­ans in dark cloth­ing in un-lit ar­eas, as com­monly found through­out ru­ral ar­eas of the UK, and when needed ini­ti­ates emer­gency brak­ing. Up to a speed of 28mph ac­ci­dents can be com­pletely avoided and the sever­ity sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced at higher speeds. In ad­di­tion to the ADAC fur­ther in­de­pen­dent test cen­tres such as the Amer­i­can In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety (IIHS) con­firm the ex­cel­lent func­tion­ing method and re­li­a­bil­ity of this sys­tem. The only brand to achieve max­i­mum points in the IIHS test was the Subaru Out­back in the preven­tion of a frontal col­li­sion. The tech­nol­ogy also has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on run­ning costs and in­sur­ance rat­ings. Eye­Sight is avail­able on Subaru Out­back Lin­eartronic mod­els in the UK; and will be in­tro­duced to the Subaru Levorg from Spring 2017.

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