New technology is coming to the next-generation Crosstrek and other Subaru models. A report from Nikkei Asia says the Crosstrek subcompact SUV is being tested now with new self-driving technology. The report says the automaker is testing new technology on a prototype connect model even when its data connection is lost.
Subaru Corporation is experimenting with a version of the system on its test track at the Bifuka Research and Experimentation Center in Hokkaido, Japan, using a 4G-enabled Crosstrek subcompact SUV. The report says Subaru envisions servers constantly collecting data on the car's position to predict the vehicle's course up to roughly 10 seconds down the road.
"These predictions are fed back to the car and used to control speed and direction if the data connection is interrupted. When there are long data interruptions, the car will slow down and have limited navigation within the range of onboard sensors," people familiar with the company's plans Nikkei said.
The next-generation 2024 Subaru Crosstrek will come with the automaker's latest version of the EyeSight safety technology, which offers automatic braking and other driver assistance features. The report says Subaru Corporation plans to develop self-driving technology by 2025 that can pilot a car even when its data connection is lost.
Torque News reported Subaru Corporation opened an AI development base called "Subaru Lab" in December 2020. The Subaru Lab is led by Director Eiji Shibata, who leads the team in creating the next-generation Subaru Crosstrek and other models with AI technology. Subaru's goal is to reduce accidents in its next-generation Crosstrek and other new models, and the automaker also has a plan of zero fatal accidents by 2030.
New technology is coming by 2025
Subaru will accomplish the ambitious goal with the next-generation EyeSight X technology. Shibata says the automaker's new 2025 Crosstrek, Forester, Outback, Ascent, and other models will feature something no automaker will have; a "non-collision car" with the development of the new generation EyeSight safety technology.
Better recognition in hard-to-see situations
Subaru's technology introduced in the 2025 Crosstrek will use artificial intelligence in the new EyeSight stereo cameras to improve computer recognition in hard-to-see situations, such as when road lane markers are covered in snow.
Subaru Corporation is also working on a new auto-parking feature. "According to statistics, accidents in parking lots account for one-third of all traffic accidents," Shibata said. "So, our stance is to focus first on auto parking in the area of autonomous driving in 2025 and beyond."
Subaru's next-generation vehicles will get new self-driving technology. The 2025 Crosstrek could be the first Subaru model to get it.
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