If you buy a 2023 Subaru Outback midsize SUV, Ascent 3-Row SUV, or Legacy, they come standard with the newest version of the automaker’s EyeSight driver assist safety technology. So how good is EyeSight driver assist safety technology, and why do you need it?
Subaru Canada announced Subaru's latest version of its EyeSight safety technology was recently named the Best Safety Innovation by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). The next-generation EyeSight comes with a wide-angle Mono Camera that AJAC says makes it the best safety technology available on vehicles today.
"Subaru has a track record of continuous improvement in active safety systems," said Graham Heeps, Chair, AJAC Innovation Awards, "With the latest step, it is pushing to increase safety not only for those inside the vehicle but outside as well. Accidents frequently occur at intersections, and Subaru's Wide-angle Mono Camera is an innovative solution to help reduce them."
AJAC members made nominations for the innovation awards, and finalists were selected in each of the three categories. Each automaker chosen as a finalist presented its technology virtually to a panel of 11 judges, comprised of some of the most knowledgeable and respected journalists across Canada who regularly cover automotive technology.
What Subaru vehicles have the latest technology?
Subaru's EyeSight safety technology with the Wide-angle Mono Camera debuted on top trims of the 2023 Subaru Outback and 2023 Legacy and is offered as standard equipment on the 2023 Ascent family hauler.
Because many accidents with bicycles and pedestrians occur around an intersection, the new vision sensor will help detect children and bicycles entering the road suddenly from the side and apply the Outback, Ascent, and Legacy brakes.
The new safety technology uses Subaru's EyeSight driver assist system that processes the recognized information and first gives an alert to the driver. Then, it applies brakes to avoid collisions with crossing bicycles and pedestrians when necessary. In case of an accident, the system helps to mitigate the damage.
The technology is coming on the 2024 Crosstrek and Impreza.
The new version of Eyesight has been announced as standard equipment for the all-new 2024 Crosstrek subcompact SUV and Impreza compact hatchback, bringing the award-winning safety technology to Subaru's most affordable models. The 2024 Impreza and 2024 Crosstrek arrive this spring.
"Safety is a core value and at the forefront of all of our products," stated Subaru Canada chairman, president, and CEO, Tomohiro Kubota. "With a push for pedestrian and cyclist safety alongside driver and passenger safety, we aim to make the roads safer for all who use them."
Check out the video below that explains how Subaru Eyesight works.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report, where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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