Are Subaru vehicles safe? Subaru has publicly stated their goal is to be the overall auto safety leader, and now they want to have zero fatal traffic accidents by 2030. How will the Japanese automaker pull it off? They have a team of four individuals working in Japan who say it is possible.
The big jump in technology started in 2016 when Subaru and IBM partnered on a data analytics system for testing images from the advanced safety system, including output from Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system. The safety system is already standard equipment on all 2020 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Ascent vehicles, and Crosstrek models with the CVT automatic transmission.
Can they achieve zero accidents? The team of four engineers is working on the technology in Japan. They say the new-generation safety system can do things in its mainstream all-wheel-drive vehicles that expensive luxury cars do not have yet.
The first-generation EyeSight was developed in 2008 using stereo cameras mounted high on the windshield that protects it from snow, ice, dirt, and other obstructions. The new-generation EyeSight radar still uses stereo cameras and is attached to all four corners of the vehicle, and can now detect a possible accident in any direction.
Subaru and IBM have been testing images from the advanced safety system, including output from Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system for the past four years. Using vast amounts of test image data already gathered by Subaru, the goal is to improve development efficiency, which will significantly contribute towards the attainment of the advanced driver assist, leading to zero fatal accidents.
Subaru has already achieved the highest safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on its all-wheel-drive models. Now they have a goal to use its EyeSight advanced safety system to achieve improved safety performance for zero accidents in their automobiles.
The 2020 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent are safe vehicles now; the 2030 models will vastly improve if the team at Subaru can pull off zero fatal traffic accidents.
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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 and the founder of 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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