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Is automatic driving coming to the next generation Subaru Outback?

Subaru unveils a new VIZIV Concept and it will feature advanced safety technologies. Will we see a new Outback with automatic driving?


The new Subaru VIZIV Concept has bold new lines on the outside, and new safety performance technology that could be coming on new generation Outback, Forester and Crosstrek models. The “VIZIV” model name is a word inspired by the phrase “Vision for Innovation” and this new concept all-wheel-drive vehicle gets innovative technology. Subaru will unveil the new car on October 28 at the Tokyo Motor Show for the press first and then show goers from October 30 through November 8.

Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), maker of Subaru automobiles, has been developing the new EyeSight safety system since the 1990s and this revolutionary system combines with 360-degree sensing for autonomous driving. FHI has linked EyeSight with telematics and FHI says technologies have been incorporated that will lead to the development of automatic driving.

How does the new system work?

The newest EyeSight technology in the Subaru vehicle comes with advanced front recognition and combines all-direction radar sensing, monitoring traffic around the vehicle and risks from all sides. The system also uses high-accuracy GPS and map data to pinpoint the vehicle’s location. Control is applied based on information seen and sensed about the route ahead, including corners and lane lines. This results in an advanced straight-ahead collision avoidance, combined with enhanced all-direction collision avoidance with vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, when turning at intersections or reversing.

Subaru says automatic driving will be possible at all speeds on highways, and automatic parking is supported at home or in parking lots. Because of the high-tech advances in telematics and Human-Machine Interface (HMI), the safety system enables anticipation of traffic, weather, and other conditions along the route ahead, as well as effective communication of intentions with people and vehicles. The system even delivers information about the driver’s hobbies and other aspects of an active life.

Subaru has a goal of being the safety leader in the automobile industry and the advanced safety technologies in the VIZIV Concept SUV will likely be in the new generation Subaru Forester, Outback and Crosstrek vehicles. Stay tuned.

Media source: Subaru Global