Subaru Wins Award For Impressive Second Set of Eyes
Subaru Corporation has received an award for their impressive second set of eyes. The Japanese automaker wins the President’s Award from Japan Techno-Economics Society (JATES) for the development of its EyeSight driver assist system. The award was given out at the society’s 6th Technology Management & Innovation Awards in Tokyo. JATES identifies new high-quality projects originating in Japan, introducing the processes involved to other engineers and business executives in order to spur the development of innovation nationwide.
EyeSight achieved a world first in using stereo camera technology to provide a driver assist system incorporating features such as adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking that detects not only cars, but also pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists in the vehicle’s path. EyeSight acts like a second set of “eyes” using two cameras that flank the rearview mirrors, giving the system its vision ahead detecting any potential dangers. This location also keeps the camera eyes free from debris like ice and snow.
The system was developed by overcoming the challenges associated with incorporating extremely precise stereo camera recognition technology into an automobile production line, as well as driving experiments and tests covering more than 3 million kilometers, and the leveraging of tests and big data. As a result, JATES says, the Subaru technology “Outperforms numerous automaker’s systems in terms of both accuracy and cost, while continuing to evolve towards the achievement of unprecedented safety levels.”
Think of it like having a driving instructor along with you, not being intrusive, but there for you if your attention is taken away from the road or if you are distracted while driving. The system will not hesitate to step in if it's really necessary to prevent a crash or, at the very least, reduce the actual impact.
Every Subaru vehicle with their Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission can be equipped with EyeSight. The 2018 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Impreza, WRX, and Legacy and all-new 2019 Ascent. Subaru receives a global award for their impressive second set of eyes.
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