How Subaru will build the safest cars on the planet by 2014
What does Subaru do when they have the best front crash avoidance system in the auto industry? They make it even better than before. Subaru isn't standing pat on their EyeSight safety system that received the highest rating possible by IIHS. It is better than any automaker’s system and it’s getting better. It will arrive on all new Subaru models starting next year like the 2015 Forester, Outback, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, Impreza and BRZ models.
Subaru has a goal to prevent traffic accidents, and they are aiming for zero accidents by automobiles in the future. It’s an ambitious goal, but if anyone can do it, Subaru can. Their parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) is a leader in auto safety technology and is advancing forward in an impressive way. FHI has fully revamped the already successful stereo camera system from the current version of EyeSight for significantly improved recognition accuracy and added steering assist control features.
What makes this Subaru safety system the best in the world? Subaru has developed its next generation "EyeSight" advanced driving assist system to enhance safety performance and further reduce the burden on the driver. Driver distraction is the number one cause of accidents and Subaru has done something to eliminate the problem.
Re-designed stereo camera system
The next-gen EyeSight adopts the revamped stereo camera system and enhanced it with color recognition technology combined with an approximately 40% increase in viewing angle and visibility distance, expanding visible range, improving object recognition accuracy, and allowing it to recognize brake lights and red signals. This will have a major impact in reducing accidents and rear-end collisions.
Subaru says the stereo cameras have been improved to increase response to acceleration and deceleration by the vehicle ahead, as well as improved performance in terms of tracking merging vehicles ahead and corners. With color recognition for the stereo cameras, EyeSight can detect brake lights of the vehicle ahead and link it to Adaptive Cruise Control, allowing even faster deceleration when following vehicles.
New “Active Lane Keep System"
A new feature called "Active Lane Keep System" has been added to the revamped EyeSight system and uses two new features. One is "Lane Keeping Assist" which recognizes the lines on both sides of the lane and has steering assist controls to keep the driver in the middle of the lane. The other is called "Lane Departure Prevention Assist" that applies force to the steering wheel to suppress the deviation if the vehicle begins to stray over the lane lines. The system determines whether the driver is operating the steering wheel or not and if not in operation, it will turn this feature off.
Lane Departure Prevention Assist